A few years ago the hardcore boxing community were talking, very excitedly, about Thai youngster Jomthong Chuwatana (7-0, 4) who appeared to be the next Thai star in the making. He was, like the legendary Thai's of yore, a throw back fighter who came from Muay Thai with a big reputation and used it to secure himself some very interesting match ups from the off.
Within a year of his professional debut Jomthong had moved 3-0 (3) and the expectation around him grew. It seemed likely he was going to move from strength to strength, and initially he did.
In 2012 Jomthong, in just his 4th professional contest, travelled to Seoul and stopped world ranked Korean Dong-Hyuk Kim for the OPBF Super Featherweight title. It seemed clear that Jomthong had natural talent, power and a was heading in the right direction however it obvious that it was too soon to be thinking about world title fighters. His first 4 bouts combined had lasted just 15 rounds and he was in dire need of experience.
In the 12 months that followed the Kim fight Jomthong got the valuable experience defending the title twice against Ranel Suco, in China, and Ronald Pontillas as well as a none-title victory over Mike Tumbaga. Suddenly though Jomthong vanished, He had amassed a 7-0 (4) record then just stopped with his last boxing fight taking place on March 31st 2013.
In the time between Jomthong did return to Muay Thai fighting 3 times and now, finally, appears set to return to boxing to defend his OPBF Super Featherweight title.
Jomthong's announced return sees him travelling to Japan, for the second time as a professional boxer, to fight against Japan's very own Koseki Nakama (17-4, 8).
Nakama, ranked #5 by the OPBF at Featherweight, may not have the greatest of records in general though we believe he's 7-0 against Thai's and has won his last 3 contests, including a stoppage of Jose Ocampo who was once linked to a world title fight.
Sure Nakama isn't a perfect opponent for Jomthong but he's a decent enough test for the Thai youngster after more than a year out of boxing.
(Photo courtesy of boxrec.com)
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