Pacquiao and Algieri begin media tour, Kwanpichit Vs Shiming AND Piriyapinyo Vs Lomachenko both confirmed!
Yesterday was a big day for many in boxing, not because of the fights but because of the build up to a fight that will occur on November 22nd, almost 3 months away. That is the build up to the WBO Welterweight title fight between defending champion and Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38) and the unbeaten American Chris Algieri (20-0, 8).
The press conference took place with both men in Macau and was certainly a playful but respectful conference with Pacquiao being towered over by the American who playfully bent his knees for a face-to-face photo.
Both men gave credit to their opponent with Algieri being described as a troublesome due to his speed, height and reach whilst Pacquiao is of course and attractive fight for anyone who is hoping to become a mainstream star.
The press tour, which began in Macao, will see the fighters heading to Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York all before the fight time as they try to bring the fight to fever pitch.
We know some fans have been disappointed by the match up but the under-card for the show is beginning to take form and look interesting. In fact the press conference in Macau confirmed the stories that broke to the English language press last week.
One of those stories was that Thailand's unbeaten Kwanpichit OnesongChaigym (27-0-2, 12) would be fighting Zou Shiming (5-0, 1), a story that has been suggest will be a title eliminator. Apparently the bout was announced a WBO world title eliminator though we'd suggest that if Shiming wins he will be heading towards an IBF world title fight and not a WBO one, after all Juan Francisco Estrada would almost certainly eat Shiming up for breakfast. What is likely is that Top Rank have tried to keep their options open in case Amnat Ruenroeng loses his upcoming IBF title fight with McWilliams Arroyo.
The other story is that the highly experienced Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (52-1, 33) would be battling WBO Featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (2-1, 1) in a mandatory title fight. This will be Lomachenko's first title defence whilst Piriyapinyo will be fighting in his second world title fight following a previous loss to Chris John in a WBA title fight. This is a huge test for the Thai though it does look like a very high profile opportunity for the Thai to make a name for himself.
We have also been informed that WBA interim Super Featherweight champion Bryan Vazquez (33-1, 17) would be defending his belt against Diego Magdaleno (26-1, 10). Unfortunately is this takes place it would take both men out of the Takashi Uchiyama sweepstakes as "KO Dynamite" continues to look for an opponent for December 31st.
(Image courtesy of Chris Farinas/Top Rank)
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