We don't like bad news, but today we got some.
That news is that the highly anticipated rematch between unbeaten Stamp Kiatniwat (14-0, 6) [ขวัญไทย ศิษย์หมอเส็ง] and heavy handed Dominican Gregorio Lebron (13-3, 11) will not be televised live tomorrow as originally reported.
The story first came to our attention during Thursday's rematch between Knockout CP Freshmart (12-0, 6) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] and Carlos Buitrago (28-2-1-1, 16), though we put it down to an over-sight on behalf of Channel 7's website, which had replaced the time-slot reserved for the Kiatniwat/Lebron with a tape delay broadcast of an FA Cup game, between Colchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. It turns out however it wasn't an over-sight by the channel, but instead an issue of business.
From what we understand the card will go ahead, and will be filmed, but will not be televised due to an issue in negotiations between the promoter and Channel 7.
Although various rumours have done the rounds, it appears that the promoter was unable to agree a financial payment with Channel 7 who have gone to a back up program in showing the football.
It seems as if the promoter was supposed to pay a fee for the broadcast but was unable to pay the full amount on time and Channel 7 pulled the plug.
Whilst it's unclear when, how and even if, the bout will be shown it does seem clear that it will take place and will not be called off, at it was last December. Frustratingly however the lack of live TV will almost certainly see conspiracy theories regarding the bout, no matter what the outcome.
(Image courtesy of thairec.com)
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