During this series we have featured a lot of Japanese domestic bouts, but not too many other domestic bouts from through out Asia. Part of that is due to how easy it is to get access to TV quality Japanese action, something that's not all that easy in Thailand, Korea Indonesia and the Philippines. Second is the level of match ups in Japan tend to be, for the most part, more interesting than we get from through the rest of Asia.
Despite that we do come across some great bouts from the rest of the continent, and today we bring you a modern day Thai fight that's worthy of attention. It pitted two young novices against each other and they delivered a thrilling bout and both would quickly become among the more exciting Thai prospects that emerged over the following year or two.
Thananchai Charunphak (1-0, 1) vs Phongsaphon Panyakum (1-1)
In one corner was the unbeaten Thananchai Charunphak who had made his debut in July 2018, with a blow out win. He had, reportedly, been a well regarded amateur and was tipped for success when he turned professional, but at this point he was just an 18 year old professional with less than 3 minutes of pro experience under his belt.
In the opposite corner was fellow 18 year old Phongsaphon Panyakum, who had made his debut in 2017, losing to Kai Ishizawa in Japan, before returning to the ring 13 months later to pick up a win at home against Phormsan Chanla. Incidentally his win came on the same show that Thananchai made his debut on.
Coming in to this both men seemed to feel like they had a point to prove. A win was great, but it wasn't going to be enough. They had to do more than just win. They had to look good, they had to put on a show, and make fans sit up and take note. Both men seemed to go in with that shared mentality, and it made for something truly brilliant.
With a brilliant and lively atmosphere filling the Workpoint Studio in Bang Phun, it felt like a big occasion. Yes these two men were novices, yes these were both kids, but the bout felt big, it felt important and it felt meaningful before a punch was even thrown.
From the off Phongsaphon, in the blue and black shorts, looked to press forward whilst Thahanchai looked to box, move, use his straight punches and rely on his boxing skills. They styles gelled almost immediately with Phongsaphon landing clean single shots and Phongsaphon walking through them to press and land his own shots. It was an opening round that matched volume against quality and although it had sloppy moments it had taken less than 3 minutes to feel like a special fight. At the bell both men played to fans, feeling they had done enough to take the round.
The high tempo action moved up a gear in round 2 as Thananchai started the round fast, unloading big head shots from the opening seconds. Phongsaphon seemed in real trouble, but rode out the storm, recovered his bearings and came back strong in the final moments of a pulsating round that deserved a much bigger audience.
Notably the tempo seemed to be taking it's toll on Thananchai who twice lost his gum shield in round 2.
In round 3 we again saw Phongsaphon forcing the tempo, as he did in the first round, whilst Thananchai tried to rely on his slick skills and movement. This was a big round for Phongsaphon who looked like a man on a mission and refused to back away from the clearly tiring Thananchai.
This left everything to play for in the final round, which was again a sensational round. We won't ruin, or the outcome.
If you want to see a thrilling bout from Thailand, with a great atmosphere, intense and brilliant action, and two men putting it all on the line this is ideal and it really is a bout that everyone deserves to watch. If you've seen it, watch it again! If you've not seen it, put 20 minutes aside and enjoy a fantastic little war between two tremendously talented Thai teens.
Earlier today the UK price for the PPV of Anthony Joshua Vs Kubrat was announced, at £24.95. Whilst this price is only for the UK, with DAZN having global on it in their various territories, it has been a sore point with British fans. Afterall we're in a recession, with job losses and the PPV is coming less than 2 weeks before Christmas and at a higher price than usual.
The typical solution is for defenders of PPV to either yell "don't watch it then" or "find a free stream", ignoring the bigger issues at hand.
For once I'm not here to talk about the good or bad of PPV, something I've spoken about so many times in the past. Instead I'm here to talk to the hardcore fans who want to watch fights and want to support the sport. Today I'm not here to tell you where to get free streams for Jsohua Vs Pulev, or not to pay for it, or how watch an international feed. Instead I'm here to promote some free streams for events from through out Asia. Once again showing that you can follow the sport, and enjoy fights without opening your wallet.
And seriously for those wanting boxing in coming weeks there is a lot of free content out there, that you don't need to jump through hoops for.
The free boxing run begins tomorrow from the Philippines with an interesting card from Sanman promotions under the name "The Restart", which will be their first show since boxing was allowed back in the country.
The main event here will see former WBO Bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales (33-3, 16) battle against Eden Sonsona (36-11-2, 13) with a supporting bout featuring former 2-time world title challenger Aston Palicte (26-4-1, 22) battling Reymark Taday (10-12-1, 5). The card will also feature Joey Canoy (15-4-1, 8) and the very promising Dave Apolinario (13-0, 8)
This will be available for free over Sanman Promotion's Facebook page.
On November 23rd we have two options from Japan one for an event in Osaka and one for a card in Tokyo.
Of the two it's the Osakan event this is, by far, the more attractive featuring two different parts.
The main event for the first part will see former multi-time world champion Katsunari Takayama (31-8-0-1, 12) take on 2-time world title challenger Reiya Konishi (17-2, 7).
The second part of the event will see a supporting bout between former world title challenger Sho Ishida (28-2, 15) and Japanese Youth Bantamweight champion Toshiya Ishii (3-0, 2). As well as that interesting match up we'll also have title action as Riku Kano (16-4-1, 8) clashes with Ryoki Hirai (12-6-1, 4) for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific Light Flyweight title.
For fans wanting to watch this one we've got the embedded live stream below thanks to TV Osaka
The show from Tokyo is a much smaller event being between hard hitting youngster Jin Sasaki (8-0, 7) and Tatsuya Miyazaki (9-13-1, 9). Another notable bout on this card will see the always fun to watch Ryugo Ushijima (4-1-2, 2) take on veteran Hyuma Fujioka (10-10-1, 1)
If this is the show you want to watch a free stream will be put on by the promoter via the A-Sign.boxing.com YouTube channel. This is again free and watching it is supporting the sport, the promoter and the fighters.
If a world title fight is what you require to be interested in a fight then November 27th will be a day to circle with the "Bloodline Battle" between Wanheng Menayothin (54-0, 18) and Panya Pradabsri (34-1, 22), for Wanheng's WBC Minimumweight title, being made available online for free.
It's expected that this will be available on Petchyindee's Facebook page, who typically show stream their events. If not Channel 7 can typically be streamed through officials means here through their website, though a Thai VPN may be needed.
Staying with Thailand just a day after Wanheng looks to go to 55-0 we'll see 16 year old sensation Phoobadin Yoohanngoh (9-0, 5) defending a regional title against Atchariya Wirojanasunobol (13-0, 5) for free on Thairath.
The show, which will be promoted by TL Promotions under their "The Fighter" banner, is usually streamed by the promoter on their Facebook page however options also include an official stream via the TV company, Thairath, who have a live stream on their website.
On November 29th we get something a little bit special as Seki-chan, a boxing die hard in Japan, has actually paid out of his own pocket to attain the rights for a 2-part show in Kariya. The shows aren't big, but for those wanting to talk about "supporting boxing" they are perhaps the clearest example of grassroot support of professional boxing out there. The idea a fan can buy the rights for a show and share them internationally is just amazing, and a great sign of what boxing fans can do for the sport.
The most noteworthy bouts here are a clash between Shin Tomita (10-8-2) and Naoya Haruguchi (17-11, 7) and a bout between the always fun to watch Ryosuke Maruki (16-7-1, 11) and Tsunehiko Aitoku (5-9-2).
For fans interested in this part 1 will be here
and part 2 will be here
Back in Thailand again here as WP Boxing put on their next show, and this will be available over WP Boxing's Facebook and YouTube channels. This show will be a double header with Apichet Petchmanee (7-0, 2) re-matching Musheg Adoian (7-2, 7), after their controversial first bout, and will also see once beaten prospect Phongsaphon Panyakum (10-1, 5) take on former world champion Kompayak Porpramook (60-10, 41).
For Facebook the stream will be here and for those wanting to watch on YouTube the stream will be on here.
We get more free boxing the day after the Joshua Vs Pulev bout Shinsei Gym put on a show. This will feature Yumi Narita (4-4-3, 1) and Mont Blanc Miki (4-3-1, 1) battling over the Japanese female Minimumweight title live on YouTube and an excellent 8 round match up between Yuki Yonaha (7-3-1, 5) and Motoki Osanai (4-2, 1). This will be shown live on the Boxing Real YouTube channel and should be a really high quality stream, given other Boxing Real streams.
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