We've known for a while that Knockout CP Freshmart (9-0, 5) would be defending his WBA interim Minimumweight title against Indonesian veteran Muhammad Rachman (65-11-5, 35). Today that bout was finally announced at a press conference held in Thailand.
The bout will see the 24 year old Knockout make the first defence of his "title", that he won by out pointing Carlos Buitrago last year, and take a huge step towards getting a shot at WBA regular champion Hekkie Budler, who successfully defended his title this past weekend. For Knockout it's a must win bout if he's to get a shot at Budler. For he 43 year old Rachman it's a chance to end his long career on a high.
As well as the main event there were 3 other bouts announced for the show.
The chief support bout on the card will see Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym (43-2, 25) defending his PABA Bantamweight title against Filipino challenger Mateo Handig (13-8, 7) in what looks to be a disgustinng mismatch due to the significant size advantage of the champion. Handig was world ranked not too long ago, and does hold a major win over Katsunari Takayama, but is a Minimumweight jumping up to Bantamweight.
Another support bout will see Noknoi Sitthiprasert (52-4, 30) put his 51 fight winning streak on the line against Filipino journeyman Donny Mabao (21-24-1, 4). Noknoi, who is unbeaten since 2005, is actually facing one of his better opponents here, though Mabao does look like a fighter struggling for form and has lost his last 4, including an OPBF Minimumweight title bout to Ryuji Hara and a WBC Asian Boxing Council Flyweight title bout against Nawaphon Por Chokchai.
Another bout on this card will see former WBA interim Flyweight champion Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (34-3, 20) make his return to the ring for the first time since losing a WBA Flyweight unification bout against Juan Carlos Reveco last year. Yodmongkol has had a trio of hard fights coming into this bout and will now be fighting a very easy looking contest as he goes up against Pongpan Patanakan Gym (0-5).
The final bout we've been made aware of will feature the very exciting Chanachai Cp Freshmart (2-0, 1), who currently holds the WBC Youtn Minimumweight title. Chanchai will be battling fellow unbeaten Chatpetch Por Pakdee (2-0) in a non-title bout that comes just weeks after Chanachai defended his belt with a clear decision against Wilber Andogan.
(Image courtesy of thairec.com)
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