Unbeaten Thai Welterweight hopeful Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (32-0, 24) will return to the ring on January 21st to defend his PABA Welterweight crown in his native Thailand. The unbeaten puncher, who holds a high ranking with the WBA, is hoping to secure himself a world title fight during the coming year, but first his focus will be on Kazakh visitor Alexandr Zhuravskiy (10-1, 8).
For those unaware Teerachai is regarded as a rare Thai hope above the Super Featherweight division and although he is relatively unknown in the West there is real hope in his homeland that he could claim a world title. The 23 year old made his debut back in 2008 though really began to make a name for himself in 2010, when he claimed the interim PABA Welterweight crown, in what was his 6th professional bout. Since then he has seen his title being upgraded, firstly to the Regular, and now Super, versions.
Last year Teerachai recorded 4 defenses of the title, including one over former world champion Kaizer Mabuza, his biggest name win to date.
Whilst there are high hopes for Teerachai the same cannot be said for 30 year old Zhuravskiy, who is lookign to score his biggest win to date. The Kazak has been a professional since 2007 and in 2011 he claimed the WBA International title at 140lbs. Sadly his only bout since that win came last year, when he was out pointed by the then debuting Vladimir Fleishgauer.
It's fair to say that Teerachai is expected to win here though it make take an impressive performance for his team to open the cheque book and get him a high profile bout, the type of bout that he really needs to prevent him from going stale with too many mismatches like this.
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