Last night WP Boxing took to social media to give us the sad news that their planned May 1st card at the Workpoint Studio in Bang Phun has had to be postponed, adding to a growing list of postponed shows, due to Covid19, the full statement for which can be read below:
"Due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 virus, WP Boxing is aware of the dangers and dangers that may arise from the spread of the virus. And would like to cooperate with all parties to the end In order to resolve the situation quickly
Thankfully, as per the statement, it appears the postponement will be around 1 month, and we'll still be getting the show as was, with the excellent match up between Thananchai Charunphak (11-1, 9) and Adrian Lerasan (9-4, 2) headlining the card. Sadly though it again shows that the Covid19 pandemic isn't over and that boxing is still being affected by it in a big way, as also seen yesterday when 6 Japanese shows were postponed.
Earlier this week WP Boxing announce their next show, and released a poster to promote the show, which will take place on May 1st at the Work Point Studio in Bang Phun. And if we're being honest it is one worthy of some extra attention, even if none of the fighters on it are "stars".
The main event will see touted Thai youngster Thananchai Charunphak (11-1, 9) take on the criminally under-rated Adrian Lerasan (9-4, 2) from the Philippines in a bout for the WBC Asia Flyweight title.
Thananchai is someone we've been big fans of for a few years now and the 21 year old has been racking up notable wins over the likes of Wittawas Basapean (Samartlek Kokietgym), Suriyan Satorn (Kompayak Porpramook) and Wicha Phulaikhao (Pigmy Kokietgym) whilst rising quickly through the ranks. There is a case that he has been beating up old men, but here he takes on a hungry fellow young lion.
Lerasan is not a big name. He's not a big deal. But he is a tricky customer, who's tough and hungry, and will be determined to build on his last to Thailand, when he upset the touted Tanes Ongjunta. In fact Lerasan battered Ongjunta into submission after 8 rounds in one of the forgotten upsets of 2020. To date that is one of two notable wins on his record, with the other being a decision over Jeny Boy Boca, but he also impressed in a 2019 loss to Dave Apolinario and the 22 year old is certainly no push over.
That bout is partnered with another WBC Asia title fight, as will Thai youngster's collide as Danai Ngiabphukhiaw (8-2, 4) takes on the hard hitting Phanuwit Siriwong (8-2, 7) in a Light Flyweight bout. Both of these men are teenagers, neither has created much noise, but a win here will give them a huge boost, and given their styles, with Danai being an accurate puncher and Phanuwit being heavy handed fighter, we should get something of an intriguing stylistic match up.
From the poster it's also confirmed that the show will air not just on Work Point, and the WP Boxing social media channels, but also DAZN, giving the 4 youngsters on the card an international audience. An audience they will be looking to connect with and impress.
Note - For those wondering about the date, the show will air on May 1st in Thailand and April 30th in the US.
Earlier today in Bang Phun we got the latest show from the popular WP Boxing series of shows. The card wasn't a massive one, in fact it was one of the weaker shows in recent memory for the series, but it still featured several notable names.
The show kicked off with former world title challenger Nawaphon Por Chokchai (51-1-1, 41) [นวพล นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น], aka Nawaphon Kaikanha or Nawaphon Nakornluang Promotions, battling the limited Sophon Klachun (5-6-1, 1) [โสภณ กล้าฉุน] in a scheduled 8 rounder at 120lbs.
From the off Nawaphon marched forward, pressing intently but not really letting his hands go much through the opening round. It was clear he was trying to shake some ring rust and get some rounds under the bag.
As the rounds went on Nawaphon began to let his hands go more, and to be fair Sophon showed some ambition of his own. That ambition was however beaten out of the youngster, who was dropped in rounds 5 and 6. Credit has to go to Sophon for getting up and trying to fight back, but by the it was clear that Nawaphon had finished playing and was looking for the stoppage. Something he seemed to be determined to get and finally scored in roudn 7.
Despite scoring the stoppage Nawaphon was cut, made to look clumsy and really didn't look like a man on the verge of a world title fight. In fact as the bout went on he looked like a very frustrated fighter who just wanted to have a fight. The composure he showed early on went out of the bag when Sophon showed some fight and really this wasn't a particularly good showing from him.
The second bout of note saw Apichet Petchmanee (9-0, 2) [อภิเชษฐ เพชรมณี] retain his WBC Asia Lightweight title with a decision win against veteran Kaewfah Tor Buamas (29-8, 19) [แก้วฟ้า สวนปาล์มฟาร์มนก], aka Krai Setthaphon.
From the opening bell Apichet looked calm, relaxed and quick, out boxing Kaewfah at range, using his jab and footwork well to get off first and get away. It clear the men were in totally different levels in terms of skillset. Despite that credit goes to Kaewfah for trying to bring the pressure and make a fight of things. Round after round he trudged forward, walking into shots and showing little respect of Apichet's power.
Sadly the bout lacked drama. As the rounds went on it was clear Kaewfah's pressure simply wasn't enough to get to Apichet, who was happy to box at his pace. This made things rather predictable, and a touch dull, as he eased his way to a clear 10 round unanimous decision.
Despite the win for Apichet, who genuinely never looked in any bother, we don't see him reaching the heights once expected of him. We also don't expect him to take up the recent challenger put his way by teenager Phoobadin Yoohanngoh (11-0, 6) [แสงอาทิตย์ ลูกทรายกองดิน]. On this performance Phoobadin would be too good, too strong and too big for Apichet.
Earlier today WP Boxing announced the details regarding their next show, which will take place on April 3rd at the Work Point Studio, in Bang Phun. It's not a stacked card, and it's not a show that will streamed on DAZN like their March show, but it is a show that features several notable fighters competing on it and will be streamed for free on YouTube by Workpoint themselves.
The show will open with former world title challenger Nawaphon Por Chokchai (50-1-1, 40) [นวพล นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น], aka Nawaphon Kaikanha or Nawaphon Nakornluang Promotions, taking on Sophon Klachun (5-5-1, 1) [โสภณ กล้าฉุน]. This bout will take place at 120lbs and is essentially a stay busy bout for Nawaphon, who missed out on a WBC world title bout due to Covid19.
The second bout is essentially the main event here and will see the unbeaten Apichet Petchmanee (8-0, 2) [อภิเชษฐ เพชรมณี] defending his WBC Asia Lightweight title against Kaewfah Tor Buamas (29-7, 19) [แก้วฟ้า สวนปาล์มฟาร์มนก], aka Krai Setthaphon. This will be the third defense for Apichet and will see him looking to build on two wins last year over Musheg Adoian. For Kaewfah the bout will see him looking to end a 3 fight losing run.
As well as the two bouts mentioned above, there will also be 2 more bouts on the card, both featuring novices.
To kick off an exciting weekend of boxing fight fans turned their attention to Thailand for a WP Boxing event shown on WorkPoint in Thailand and DAZN internationally. It wasn't a massive show, but it was a rare chance for fight fans in the west to see boxing from Thailand on a premium service, and it was a chance to see a nice mix of young prospects, veterans and notable names all in action.
The DAZN broadcast of the show kicked off with a fairly low key bout, as Danai Ngiabphukhiaw (8-2, 4) made light work of Wichet Sengprakhon (11-10, 6), stopping him in 3 rounds in a rematch of a bout the men had back in December. With this win Danai has now reeled off 6 straight victories after starting his career 2-2 and it seems clear the youngster does have some potential, even if Wichet was an incredibly limited opponent. As for Wichet he has now lost 4 of his last 5 including 2 to Danai.
The first major bout of note on the show saw WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Flyweight champion Phongsaphon Panyakum (12-1, 6) [พงศพล ปัญญาคำ] retain his title in impressive fashion, as he battered former world title challenger Karoon Jarupianlerd (44-11, 20) [เพชรบางบอน ศิษย์หมอวิวัฒน์], aka Petchbarngborn Kokietym, over 10 rounds.
The opening round was one sided, with Phongsaphon coming forward, pressing his man backwards and pounding him against the ropes. Rounds 2 and 3 were even more one sided, with Karoon doing his best to protect himself and land the occasional counter, the best of which came late in round 3. Sadly for Karoon he simply couldn't get Phongsaphon's respect and the younger man continued to walk him down round after round. Despite the pressure from Phongsaphon the veteran wasn't just folding however and in round 5 he managed to walk the younger man on to plenty of good shots. Sadly for him they merely seemed to irritate the younger, fresher, hungrier man, rather than really bother him.
Despite taking a hammering round, after round, after round, Karoon refused to go away and as we went into the second half of the fight he had more and more success, landing some lovely clean uppercuts as Phongsaphon held his feet up close. They continued to be more of a hinderance than a real problem for Phongsaphon, though they did show that the youngster did have a lot of work to do defensively, even if he was in control of the action.
After 10 rounds the decision was a formality with Phongsaphon taking a clear unanimous decision, with scores of 98-92, 97-93 and 98-92a second time, though credit goes to Karoon for making this a fun bout, with his gritty determination and will to win showing through out the contest. Despite his excellent effort it is worth noting that even if he had won Karoon wouldn't have won the title given he failed to make weight for the bout, coming in at 116.7lbs.
The main event of the bout saw former 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (50-5-1, 43) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] take on former WBA Minimumweight champion Kwanthai Sithmorseng (50-8-1, 27) [ขวัญไทย ศิษย์หมอเส็ง], also known as Ekkawit Songnui, in what was a clear tune up for Srisaket.
From the opening round it was clear the talented 2-time world champion had little respect for his older, smaller foe and applied constant, though very basic pressure. Kwanthai, to his credit, tried to fight back in spurts, but was second best in every area and was dropped for the first time in rounds 3 as the pressure got too much for him. Kwanthai managed to beat the count, and complete the round, though remained on his stool at the start of round 4, with a badly swollen left eye.
Despite winning this without needing to break a sweat, we suspect Srisaket would have wanted more than just 9 minutes of action here to shake whatever ring rust he had. He looked dominant from the opening bell, but never got out of second gear. As for Kwanthai this was another performance from him that suggests he simply hasn't got it any more, and should seriously consider leaving the sport rather than taking any more punishment.
The final notable bout on the show saw rising Super Bantamweight contender Chainoi Worawut (14-0-1, 12) [ชายน้อย วรวุฒิ] defeatformer 2-time world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (54-10, 36) [ผึ้งหลวง ส.สิงห์อยู่], and retaining WBC Asia Super Bantamweight title.
Sadly at the weigh in Pungluang had missed weight, by a staggering 5lbs, making him ineligible to win the title, though the bout went ahead regardless.
The opening couple of rounds saw Chainoi control the action well behind his jab, keeping the usually aggressive Pungluang at range. The veteran came to fight, but he was struggling to close the distance, with Chainoi not only having the better jab but also the better movement and quicker footwork. In round 3 we finally saw Pungluang having some sustained success, getting close, and showing his trademark smile as he began to cut the cut the distance. His success parlayed into more success in round 4 as he landed some huge overhand rights on to the youngster, who was being give a genuine chin check by the veteran. The youngster was outworking and out landing Pungluang still, but things were getting tougher for the promising youngster.
Despite some worries in rounds 3 and 4 Chainoi managed to get back behind his boxing and ended up controlling much the rest of the bout, though he did seemed to be buzzed at one point in round 7as a right hand from Pungluang landed clean. That big shot aside the youngster never looked too phased by the veteran, who seemed to lack the fire and vigour we've seen from him in the past. In fact it seemed like he was there with the purpose of asking questions of Chainoi, without really going through the gears himself and showing what he can really do.
After 10 rounds it was a wide decision win for Chainoi, and his biggest win to date, but it felt like there was more both men could have done here. On paper this is a good win for the youngster, but it wasn't the type of bout that will prepare him for a world title bout any time soon.
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