The boxing world at large has widely criticised Floyd Mayweather Jr for the fact that his next bout, this coming September, will come against Andre Berto. The bout is one of the most maligned in recent times and has seen many state they will not be paying for the PPV that the bout will headline.
Whilst the Mayweather bout certainly hasn't been a winner with many it has, apparently, been a hit with an unbeaten Thai who may be able to make the most of the match up for his own, personal, gain.
Sources in Thailand have informed us that the unbeaten Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (31-0, 24) is hoping to fight for the WBA interim Welterweight title, a title currently held by Berto. With the announcement that Berto will be fighting Mayweather it seems clear that the interim title will be made available, and given that Teerachai is ranked #5 by the WBA he is certainly a fighter in the running for the belt.
Whilst the #5 ranking doesn't guarantee Teerachai a shot at the interim belt it does give him a strong case. When you then consider that #1 is Berto, who is getting the shot at the "Super Champion", and Marcos Maidana is #3, and he's been inactive for almost a year, there is a good chance that Teerachai will be moved up the rankings either in September or in October. If he's he's moved to #3 it would almost guarantee the Thai a shot at the interim belt.
Our good friend Pal has told us that Teerachai is beginning to lobby the WBA for the chance to fight for the belt. Whether he gets that chance soon is uncertain, though it's clear that he and his team will do their best to get the opportunity and they are likely to use their strong relationship and long link to the PABA to try and force the issue. When you consider that the 23 year old Teerachai has competed in 26 PABA title fights it may seem difficult for the WBA to deny Teerachai his chance.
Although not explicitly stated it does seem plausible that Teerachai would try and face Russian fighter David Avanesyan (20-1-1, 10) if he was offered an interim title fight. Avanesyan is ranked #15 by the WBA and would be much easier to deal with than many of the bigger names in the division. This however s pure speculation on our behalf and the WBA rankings may well change significantly over the coming months.
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