Earlier today we had the latest in the WP Boxing Series, which was made available world wide. It was streamed via Work Point and Matchroom Sport and made available in Latin America as part of the ESPN Knockouts series of broadcasts.
In the opening bout of the show talented prospect Chainoi Worawut (11-0-1, 10) made light work of under-sized Filipino fighter Jomar Fajardo (17-16-2, 9). The opening round saw Chainoi stalking and pressuring Fajardo with little coming back, and in round 2 the Thai put his foot on the gas and landed a power straight that dropped the Filipino. Fajardo got to his feet before the 10 count but the decision was made to stop the bout, with his corner stepping in rather than leave him in there to take more punishment.
Thankfully it appears this was little more than a tune up for Chainoi who is expected back in the ring in September to defend his minor titles on another WP Boxing event,
We then got the main event, which saw former world champions colliding in one of the most significant bouts in recent Thai boxing history. The match up saw Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (48-5-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] needing to work incredibly hard to defeat 40 year old veteran Amnat Ruenroeng (20-4, 6) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง].
Coming in Srisaket, a former 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion, was 1/9 favourite but those odds didn't reflect the early action. Instead of Srisaket dominating he was made to look slow, and off. His timing wasn't there and his pressure was countered well by Amnat, who landed frequently with his superior hand speed and ring IQ shining through. Although Srisaket had been out of the ring for well over a year he was still looking a lot worse than anyone had expected.
Amnat, a former IBF Flyweight champion, looked really good in the first few rounds, and really didn't look like he was 40, heading towards 41. He also got a boost when a clash of heads in round 3 left Srisaket with a nasty cut around his left eye.
Sadly for Amnat however as the bout went on he began to look his age, and from round 7 he really wasn't able to get much success, with Srisaket's pressure really paying off. Srisaket had landed body shots through out, but in reality it was the relentless effort from the 33 year old, that took it's toll on the older legs of Amnat who looked like he was fighting on fumes in the later stages. Despite that he managed to hear the final bell, something very expected before hand,
Given the good start by Amnat and the very strong finish from Srisaket it was clear this was a very competitive contest and the scores cards mostly showed that, with the reading out the cards as 97-94, 96-93 and 99-91, all in favour of Srisaket.
Although it's a win for Srisaket the performance wasn't great. Some will write it off as ring rust, and the stop-start nature of this bout which was rescheduled several times. In reality it's a third straight bout where he's not looked like the man he once was and with his 34th birthday later this year we do if, perhaps, it's a sign that he's actually a fighter who's very much on the downside of his long, and successful career.
As for Amnat, we wouldn't be surprised to see a regional prospect actively chasing a bout with him, to try and get his name on their record. As long as the bout is over 10 or 12 rounds they'll get a very good test out of him and have an excellent chance of getting a former world champion on their record.
In the third bout on the broadcast the talented Thananchai Charunphak (9-1, 7) faced off with novice Kwanchai Pliankhunthod (0-2). Despite his lack of experienced Kwanchai made an effort of things earlier on, but in round 3 he began to take a battering at the hands of Thananchai. Despite the punishment Kwanchai took he managed to grit it out until a body shot took broke his resistance in round 5 and a follow up barrage sent him down for the count.
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