Information from one of our Thai sources suggests that before the end of this year unbeaten Thai Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (25-0, 19) could well be in line for a WBA world title fight.
The unbeaten 22 year old from Buriram is a long reigning PABA champion and of course winning and defending the PABA belt helps a fighter climb up the WBA rankings. This climb for Teerachai has seen him claiming the #6 place in the most recent edition of the WBA monthly rankings.
Ahead of Teerachai were Keith Thurman, Luis Collazo, Frankie Gavin, Amir Khan and Adrien Broner. When you then consider that Thurman is the interim champion, Collazo has just lost-decisively to Amir Khan, Frankie Gavin is apparently chasing the WBO title and Adrien Broner had dropped to Light Welterweight we could conceivably see Teerachai in the top 4 when the rankings are next published.
From what we understand the logical next step would be for Teerachai to fight in an eliminator, which could come later this year, though there is a possibility that he could fight for a vacant or an interim world title depending on whether the WBA upgrade Keith Thurman from "interim" to full world champion now that the WBA have only a "Super" and "interim" champion.
At the moment this is mostly speculation though it's certainly not out of the question that we will see Teerachai at least give it a go at world level sooner rather than later and we'de love to thee the Thai powerhouse sharing the ring with some top international names at Welterweight. It's just a shame that many of his regional opponents have been poor so far.
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