On December 27th fight fans in Thailand will get the chance to see the "The Greatest Fight of Legends" show, from Petchyindee promotions. Typically this card wouldn't be big news for us, though for Muay Thai fans the show is worthy of attention, however one of the bouts from the show does have our attention.
That's because the show will feature a bout between Thai veterans Samson Dutch Boy Gym (43-0, 26) and Veeraphol Sahaprom (66-4-2, 46) face off, in what is set to be a strange double-comeback.
Coming in to this Samson, 45, has been out of boxing for over 15 years whilst Veeraphol last fought in 2010, and is 48 years old himself. It's bizarre on paper, but has gotten a decent amount of attention in Thailand, given the status of both men and history.
This morning, December 26th, the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout. Neither looked in the shape they were in during their career, but neither looked in horrific condition either, more like two middle aged men who had hit the gym hard and gotten them selves into decent condition, with Samson looking the better man at the weigh in.
(Image courtesy of Petchyindee)
Back in September we saw the news break that Thai veterans Samson Dutch Boy Gym (43-0, 26) and Veeraphol Sahaprom (66-4-2, 46) were in talks to face off later this year, in a remarkable double-comeback-fight.
Yesterday the two men took part in their medical check ups for the bout, and both managed to pass all the tests that were put their way, and have now been medically cleared to fight, with the bout set to take place in December.
This week not only saw the fighters being given their medical tests, but also holding something of a press conference ahead of the bout, which will take place on December 27th.
The press conference saw large sums of money being banded about for both fighters, who are set for a very lucrative pay day. Samson's pay does appear to have a minimum assured amount, whilst Veeraphol's amount wasn't made public. Interestingly the bout has seen both men have a life insurance policy put up for the bout as well.
Although the men have a combined age of 93, the bout is expected to be a notable one in Thailand and is already garnering some serious media attention in the fighters' homeland.
(Image courtesy of thairec.com)
At the start of September we reported that there had ben talk of an all Thai bout between retired fighters The rumoured bout is an all-Thai one between Samson Dutch Boy Gym (43-0, 26) and Veeraphol Sahaprom (66-4-2, 46). Now our Thai sources are reporting that the bout is now a done deal, and will take place in December.
The bout will be officially announced in October, with the fighters both returning after long breaks from action. The unbeaten, 45 year old, Samson has been out of boxing since 2002. He retired after recording his 43rd straight win and recorded his 38th defense of the WBF Super Flyweight title.
As for the 48 year old Veeraphol the bout will be his first since 2010. The former 2-time Bantamweight champion was one of the most feared fighters of his era, and scored a number of big wins over the likes of Daorung Chuwatana, Rolando Pascua, Jess Maca, Choi Tseveenpurev, Toshiaki Nishioka and Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, among others.
From what we understand the bout will take place at the iconic Rajadamnern Stadium
At tmes boxing can be a truly crazy sport, and and it appears one of the craziest stories of 2017 may be breaking out of Thailand of all places, with a rumoured bout between two long retired veterans.
The rumoured bout is an all-Thai one between Samson Dutch Boy Gym (43-0, 26) and Veeraphol Sahaprom (66-4-2, 46).
On paper the bout looks an interesting one from the outside, but when you look deeper you realise that 45 year old Samson has been out of boxing since 2002, when he defended the lightly regarded WBF Super Flyweight title for the 38th time, and 48 year old Veeraphol has been out of the sport since 2010, when he beat Vicky Tahumil in what was his 72nd professional boxing contest.
At the moment the story is that the two may face off in November, if a deal can be struck with both men, in what would be a real boxing oddity, in a sport full of bizarre events.
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com / The Champion Thailand)
Fight fans love a rivalry even if not all rivalries are based on bad blood and dislike of each other. In fact some of the best rivalries are based on mutual respect and and the determination to prove that you are better than your opponent.
In the Bantamweight division between 2000 and 2004 there was one fantastic rivalry as Thailand's brilliant Veeraphol Sahaprom (66-4-2, 46) and Japan's excellent Toshiaki Nishioka (39-5-3, 24) met 4 times in less than 4 years. The bouts may never have gone in favour of Nishioka with 2 draws and 2 bouts won by the Thai but they were all brilliant contests that showed the spirit of both men, the sense of a true rivalry and the respect of two classy fighters.
Now, more than a decade after their final meeting, the two have met up again as Veeraphol was the guest at the gym Nishioka currently runs. The rivalry may have been ended but the respect is certainly still there and it was shown as Veeraphol handed Nishioka a gift, the gown he wore for the fourth meeting between the two fighters.
Although known as the "Deathmask" by some Veeraphol did crack a number of smiles whilst having a meal with Nishioka as the two men seemingly had a great time together, something that was great to see all these years on.
(Image courtesy of Toshiaki Nishioka's blog)
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