Yesterday WP Boxing announced that they would be making a big announcement at 6PM today, local time, and that's exactly what they did. And in fairness to them they did make a pretty big announcement, as they confirmed their first show of 2021.
The show will take place on March 13th at the Work Point Studios, in Bang Phun and it looks like a very notable one.
The main event of the show will see former 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (49-5-1, 42) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] take on former WBA Minimumweight champion Kwanthai Sithmorseng (50-7-1, 27) [ขวัญไทย ศิษย์หมอเส็ง], also known as Ekkawit Songnui. The folks at WP Boxing have almost accepted this isn't going to be a competitive bout, and have event referred to it as a "warm up before the world championship bout", with Srisaket set to face the winner of the WBA/WBC unification bout between Roman Gonzalez and Juan Francisco Estrada, who also clash on March 13th.
The chief support bout will see world ranked Super Bantamweight contender Chainoi Worawut (13-0-1, 12) [ชายน้อย วรวุฒิ] defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council title against former 2-time WBO Bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (54-9, 36) [ผึ้งหลวง ส.สิงห์อยู่]. This should be a really good match up, with the hard hitting Chainoi actually being tested by a rugged, tough, veteran. The youngster should be favoured, but this is not a gimme for him and we suspect he will be asked some real questions, including questions about his stamina and his ability to cope with pressure.
A second title bout will see WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Flyweight champion Phongsaphon Panyakum (11-1, 6) [พงศพล ปัญญาคำ] defending his belt against former world title challenger Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (44-10, 20) [เพชรบางบอน ศิษย์หมอวิวัฒน์]. The talented Phongsaphon is quickly becoming one of the rising stars of the Thai scene, and despite only being 20 years old is making a name for himself. Following a loss on his debut, to Kai Ishizawa in 2017, Phongsaphon has built himself a credible reputation and a win here would move his career forward significantly. As for Petchbarngborn his career is best known for his 2016 bout with Naoya Inoue, and since then he has gone 9-2 and put up a very credible effort in both of those losses.
For fans wanting to watch this it will aired on WorkPoint in Thailand and around the world on DAZN, giving fans world wide a chance to not only see Srisaket but also two of the most promising young Thai's out there.
Earlier today WP Boxing gave the public a heads up on their future plans, revealing that they would be making a "a big announcement tomorrow at 6PM Thailand time."
The message about a big announcement was released alongside a video showing off some of the highlights of the WP Boxing series so far, and showing off some of the fighters they have under their banner.
We suspect the announcement will relate not just to them continuing to run monthly shows through the rest of 2021 but also potentially announcing their February or March shows.
Given how WP Boxing have done things in the past we expect them to announce at least one solid regional level bout for their first show of the year, and a potential stay busy bout for one of their bigger names, with solid match ups then being announced through out the year for their events.
For those who haven't followed WP Boxing in the past their fighters include the likes of former 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (49-5-1, 42) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น], world ranked contender Chainoi Worawut (12-0-1, 11), and rising hopefuls Phongsaphon Panyakum (10-1, 5), Thananchai Charunphak (11-1, 9) and Apichet Petchmanee (8-0, 2) [อภิเชษฐ เพชรมณี].
Earlier today we got the latest show from the WP Boxing series, run by Nakorluang and shown on Work Point. The card was one of the most interesting in the series with several notable names, a brilliant main event a really fun overall show.
The event kicked off with fast rising Thai youngster Thananchai Charunphak (11-1, 9), who took his latest win, and defended his regional WBC title, with a 4th round KO win against veteran Pigmy Kokietgym (61-14-2, 25), aka Wicha Phulaikhao.
The 39 year old Pigmy looked old and under-sized at the weigh in and those issues seemed clear when the men got in the ring today. To his credit he tried, he came forward and he attempted to make a fight of things, but he was totally out classed from the off by the taller, longer, younger, faster, and sharper Thananchai. The younger man was in control through out, and turned up the heat in round 4, dropping Pigmy twice, with the veteran being counted out in agony after the second knockdown, from a brutal body shot.
The second bout, as we often see with WP Boxing shows, was the main event and saw former world champions face off.
This main event saw IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (21-4, 6) battle former 2-time WBO Bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (54-9, 36), in what looked like a really interesting match up. This was originally announced as being a regional title bout at 126lbs, but Amnat reportedly suffered an injury and requested the bout took place at 131lbs, which Pungluang agreed to.
Despite the change in weight the bout delivered. Big time. From the off we had intense action, with Pungluang pressing forward and trying to break down Amnat, who was landing some brilliant counters, slipping shots and showing his incredible skill level. Following a brilliant opening round we saw the action get better and better and rounds 2 through 5 were brilliant. Amnat's ability to soak up the pressure, counter, and use his skills were eye catching, but so too was Pungluang, his pressure, tenacity and toughness. This made it a thrilling contest. It also had some dirty stuff thrown in for extra drama, with Pungluang illegally sending Amnat down in round 5.
Amnat seemed to struggle in rounds 6 and 7, it seemed like his old legs, the body shots of Pungluang and Pungluang's natural strength were breaking him down. It seemed like Amnat would struggle to make it over the finishing line, and then he found his second wind and boxed amazingly, like a man half his age, to secure the final round.
Having gone the distance we then went to the score cards, which favoured Amnat, reportedly with scores of 78-74, and 77-75, twice.
We'll be honest that was one of the best bouts we've seen in Thailand this year, and we would love to see it re-run, over 10 rounds, at 126lbs with a regional title on the line. For those who missed it, it is well worth watching,
In a stay busy bout we also saw Nawaphon Por Chokchai (50-1-1, 40), aka Nawaphon Nakorluang and Nawaphon Kaikanha, pick up his 50th victory as he scored an easy stay busy stoppage win over Yutthichai Wannawong (10-11, 7).
Tomorrow on WorkPoint TV in Thailand we'll get the chance to see WBC Asian Boxing Council Flyweight champion Thananchai Charunphak (10-1, 8) defending his title against veteran Pigmy Kokietgym (61-13-2, 25), aka Wicha Phulaikhao.
Today the two men took part for the weigh in for their bout, and on the scales both men made the 112lb limit for the bout, coming in dead on the limit.
Despite the fact both men came in at the same weight they looked very different at the weigh in.
The fresh faced 20 year old Thananchai looked in great shape, he looked young, tall, lean, and like a man on his way up through the ranks heading towards the world rankings. He looked like a man who hasn't had a hard or punishing career, but is instead a man who is at the start of his career, a career that promises a lot.
Pigmy on the other hand looked old, small, balding and like a man that, in fairness, they'd pulled off the street with the promise of food. He looked like someone who father time hadn't been nice to and looked like he should have been several weight classes lower than Thananchai. It really didn't look like he was ready to fight a rising, and very highly regarded prospect.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be shown live on WP Boxing's YouTube and Facebook accounts.
(Image courtesy of WP Boxing)
On Saturday we'll get the latest episode of WP Boxing live on Work Point TV from Bang Phun. The real talking point of the card will see former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (20-4, 6) battle with former WBO Bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (54-8, 36).
Originally this was supposed to be a WBC regional title fight at 126lbs, however things got changed very late on, in fact on the week of the fight.
Now the bout won't be a title bout, and will instead be an 8 round contest, at a contracted 131lbs, with no title on the line.
Today the two men took part in their official weigh in and both men came in at 131lbs dead on, making the new weight for the bout, which was no real surprise given that both men are from way down the weights.
Reportedly the weight and length of the bout were changed due to Amnat suffering an injury to his a few days ago. As a result it appears this could be one of two bouts between the two men. Amnat has offered a second bout with Pungluang for the future, regardless of tomorrow's result, and there is talk about a 1 million Baht side bet on that rematch, if it gets made.
(Image courtesy of WP Boxing)
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