It's fair to say that 2016 has been slow to get going but we are now starting to see bouts being made and announced. One such bout is a mouth watering rematch between unbeaten Thai Knockout CP Freshmart (11-0, 6) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] and Nicaraguan contender Carlos Buitrago (28-1-1-1, 16).
The two men fought in October 2014, with Knockout taking a narrow win over Buitrago for the WBA interim Minimumweight title. That bout was viewed as being a controversial with many feeling Knockout didn't do enough to win against the visiting South American, who looked the more talented, longer, faster and better boxer. Now it's been announced that the men will rematch on February 4th as with both men looking to score a clear and definitive win over the other.
Since their first boyut Knockout has scored a couple of wins, taking a clear decision over Indonesian fighter Muhammad Rachman last March and a stopping Alexis Diaz in July. Buitrago however has only fought once, defeating Mario Rodriguez last March in a 10 rounder. Give those details it's fair to conclude that Buitrago has been relatively inactive over the last 12 months, however he has been busy training in Nicaragua and appears to be very set on claiming a win over Knockout when the two men meet for their rematch.
Interestingly we have been informed that the visitor will be arriving in Thailand on the 25th or 26th of January giving him around a week to adapt to Thailand before he attempts to avenge his sole professional defeat. For knockout the rematch will be a chance to prove that isn't just the judges that won him the first bout.
Notably this match up will be for the WBA "regular" title, though it's unclear if this a vacant title bout, or if Buitrago has been upgraded ahead of the contest.
For thosewho missed the first bouyt between these two, we have included it below.
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