Earlier this week it was announced that world ranked Welterweight Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (30-0, 27) would be returning to the ring on August 21st to defend his PABA Welterweight title and continue his association with the regional title.
The announcement didn't just feature a date for the return to the ring of the heavy handed Thai but also an opponent with Teerachai now scheduled to fight South African fighter Boitshepo Mandawe (14-6, 10).
Mandawe, who is a relatively obscure fighter, is known as "Gangster" and will be fighting outside of his homeland for the first time. His career, which began in 2007, isn't littered with any wins of note though he has been in the ring with some "known" fighters such as Chris Van Heerden, who he lost to twice, the promising Paul Kamanga, Ali Funeko and Bethuel Ushona. Sadly however he has lost to all those "name" fighters and comes into this bout looking like a safe option for Teerachai given that he has lost his last 3 bouts. Notably however he has only been stopped once, by the tricky Funeka.
For Teerachai, who had hoped to have gotten a WBA interim title fight this year, this bout isn't a step forwards but it will keep him busy and should help him retain his lofty WBA ranking.
For fans interested in watching this contest it will be aired on Channel 7 in Thailand from 14:00 on August 21st. Sadly at the moment the under-card isn't particularly clear.
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