In December we are going to be sharing our "20 for 20", a list of 20 fighters to keep an eye on for the new year. Ahead of that we will be looking at a number of fighters who just missed out on that list.
These are the fighters who perhaps won't be ready for a world title by the end of next year, but we feel will make a mark in the year, and go on to do big things in the following year or two. Typically they are the prospects who perhaps need a little more time to develop, or who are still a bit too young for the big fights, or maybe just don't seem like they are quite there yet. These are our "Honourable mentions - 20 for 20" fighters and these will be posted daily until the start of December!
Chainoi Worawut (8-0-1, 8)
The boxing scene in Thailand seems like it's really fallen apart in the last few years, despite the successes of Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Wanheng Menayothin. It's disappointing that the number of emerging Thai fighters has dropped, markedly, and the shows that were once show cases for up and coming fighters seem to be more packed with total novices and veterans trying to remain relevant with tick over fights. Thankfully however their are a couple of Thai youngsters worth getting excited about, one of which is unbeaten Super Bantamweight Chainoi Worawut, a hard hitting prospect who has already won his first minor title, and shown that he can come through adversity, having been genuinely tested in October against Alvin Medura. The 22 year old is seen as one of the future faces of Thai boxing, and with WorkPoint getting behind him is one of the most significant fighters on the Thai scene. He will be given opportunities to shine in the new year and if he's as active in 2020 as he has been on 2019 then we look forward to seeing him progress in front of our eyes.
Expectations for 2020?
Given how strongly WorkPoint are backing Chainoi it seems clear that they have big expectations of him. Already this year he has fought 5 times, and has another bout scheduled for December. We don't expect 2020 to feature another 6 fights for him, in fact we'd expect it to be just 3 or 4, but they are likely to be tougher bouts than he's been having and bout which will help temper his aggressive approach. He's a talent, but he's a talent that needs to have some tougher tests and someone who needs to be asked the right questions.
We'd expect Chainoi to be put in with a tough regional level journeyman, someone to give him 8, 10 or even 12 tough rounds, check his stamina, his will to win and what happens when opponents aren't over whelmed by his aggression. If they can get him that type of a test in 2020 then we'd expect him to be knocking on the door of some pretty notable fights in 2021.
For those who haven't seen the Thai youngster we've included his bout with Yuya Nakamura below.
When we have some free time we're hoping to add a series of fun articles to the site. Hopefully these will be enjoyable little short features