Earlier this month Thai sources reported that former 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-5-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] would be back in action on March 7th. Sadly that date now appears to be off, but only a month, with Srsiaket's new return date set for April 4th.
Whilst the delay is disappointing, given he's been out of the ring since last April, there is some good news, with his opponent being named, and being someone much better than expected.
We were originally expecting a simple stay busy bout for the popular southpaw from Si Sa Ket, but instead he will be up against former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (20-3, 6) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง], in a bout which will be shown live on Work Point in Thailand and DAZN in the US.
On paper this shouldn't be a massive test for Srisaket, given he's younger, bigger, stronger and more powerful than his fellow Thai, but we do expect to see Srisaket being forced to work for his win against the crafty skills of the 40 year old Amnat, who's still smart even if he is several years beyond his best.
The winner of this will then be expected to move on to a big bout later in the year.
According to Thai sources there is a chance this bout will be fought in a near empty venue, due to the risk of coronavirus, and that a very limited number of fans will be able to attend. The list will be limited, and those who have travelled from abroad close to the fight will not be able to attend.
After rumour and speculation we now, finally, know what's next for former 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-5-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น]!
The exciting and well like Thai puncher has been confirmed as returning to the ring on March 7th as part of the next WP Boxing event, which will shown on Work Point in Thailand, and is also likely to be shown on DAZN in the US.
The details regarding the bout aren't really that clear at the moment, as in who he will face and how long the bout will be, but to have a date is at least something. As is the fact we know the event will take place in Thailand, from Work Point studios.
For Srisaket this will be his first bout in almost a year, following lats April's loss to Juan Francisco Estrada, and will let him shake off some ring rust before returning to a high level later in the year.
Although Srisaket is the big attraction for the show from what we understand he won't actually be the main event. That honour goes to a match up between teenager Thananchai Charunphak (7-1, 5) veteran Kompayak Porpramook (60-8, 41), aka Suriyan Satorn, who face off in a Flyweight bout.
It's also worth noting that the schedule for the Work Point shows for 2020 is known. This March 7th card will be the first, with the others taking place on April 4th, May 2nd, June 13th or June 20th, July 4th, August 1st, September 5th, October 3rd, November 7th and December 5th. So not only do we know when Srisaket will be back but also when the stellar WP Boxing events are scheduled. In the past they have been available through US DAZN, and are likely to be available this year as well for US subscribers to the streaming service.
(Image courtesy of มวยโลกแฟนคลับ)
Over the years it's become harder and harder to care about what happens in Thailand. The mismatches have become even more regular than they were in the past and the notable and interesting bouts have become less and less common.
We've also seen fewer and fewer stay busy fights from world champions, giving even the poor shows something of a highlight.
Thankfully WP Boxing has been the series which has ignored the trend, doing their own thing and putting on some pretty interesting match ups, and we've even seen a decent upset or two.
Another good WP Boxing bout was announced recently, as local hopeful Apichet Petchmanee (5-0, 2) will be up against dangerous Indonesian Ari Agustian (8-0, 8) on December 21st, in a really good looking bout...though one with a big issue.
Apichet was thrown in deep from the moment he turned pro and so far his opponents have had a combined 164-16-1 record, an insane number though one clearly skewed by twice fighting Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo twice. Although he's not shined this year, struggling to beat Chonlatarn twice and putting in a less than inspired performance against Shota Suito, it's clear he is a talent and one of the men WP Boxing is being built around.
As for Agustian, he's a genuine Indonesian hopeful and not someone with just an inflated record. In his 8 bouts he has stopped Bido Siminjuntak, and Zun Rindam on the international stage and travelled to China to stop Baolin Kang. The one main issue for him will, however, be size, and he's a natural Featherweight, go up against a natural Lightweight.
If Agustian can carry his power up he could be a genuine test for Apichet. Regardless we do hope to see Agustian coming to win and asking real questions of the unbeaten Thai.
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In 2018 the Thai boxing scene got an amazing shot in the arm thanks to the WP Boxing series, which saw TV channel Workpoint bring a new level of quality stands to Thai boxing, filming things at the Workpoint Studio, Bang Phun and demanding quality.
Over the last few days the channel has announced that the series will be returning in 2018, starting with a show in March.
No details have been given in regards to who will be on the show from Workpoint themselves, though DEF Promotions have revealed that Hong Kong fighter Nibesh Ghale (3-1, 3) is set for the show.
It's worth noting that in 2018 we had 10 different WP Boxing shows, one a month from March to December, and we would actually expect similar this year, given the success of the shows in 2018.
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