Earlier today saw reports emerge from Thailand to suggest that WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (14-0, 6) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] will return to the ring on March 1st to defend his world title, in a bout against former 2-time world title challenger Go Odaira (13-5-3, 1) [大平 剛].
The bout was mooted last year, before Knockout ended up facing Odaira's compatriot Shin Ono [小野 心], with Knockout taking a decision win over Ono. It now seems that the teams have got together again to arrange the bout on relative short notice.
The contest is set to take place in Chonburi and will kick-start a hectic March, which looks like it will really be all action from the off.
For Knockout the bout will serve as he will serve as his second defence of the WBA "regular" title and follows 3 prior defenses of the WBA interim title. The unbeaten Thai has fought in a total of 14 title bouts since making his professional debut back in June 2012 and has quickly become one of the most notable Thai fighters in the sport, and one of the most recognisable names in the Minimumweight division.
Although dubbed "Knockout" the champion has stopped just 1 of his last 6 opponents, but he has impressed with wins over the likes of Carlos Buitrago and Byron Rojas.
When Odaira was first mooted as the opponent for Knockout, last year, he would have been coming in to he bout on the back of a loss to WBC champion Wanheng Menayothin. Since then however he has picked up a low key win, taking an 8 round decision over Fahpituck Por Pakdee in Thailand. That is the only win Odaira has scored in the last 18 months.
Although talented and quick Odaira lacks the power to really compete at world level and although he has decent stamina on the domestic level the climb up to world class has been too much for him, with stoppage losses to Wanheng and Katsunari Takayama in world title bouts. Intererestingly this bout will see Odaira havign faced 3 of the 4 current world champions at the weight.
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