One of the few Minimumweight fighters from recent years who stood out due to their name was Oleydong Sithsamerchai (69-2-1, 29), who's name in English sounds just a touch rude. A lot of fans in the late 00's will have seen his name in the boxing magazines of the time but probably never actually saw him.
Whilst Oleydong's name certainly got him some attention with Western fans so did his unbeaten record, and by September 2010 he was 34-0. He had one of the longest active unbeaten records in the sport at the time and was the WBC Minmumweight champion. He would later go on to lose the WBC title to the then 6-0 Kazuto Ioka, in Japan, and move through the weights, settling again at Super Flyweight where he fought until 2018.
With 72 bouts to his name Oleydong was certainly a highly experienced fighter, but what about the quality of his opponents? Well that's what we answer here as we look at the 5 most significant wins for... Oleydong Sithsamerchai
Omar Soto (April 6th 2007)
Having run his record out to 22-0 (8) Oleydong would get a WBC world title title eliminator in 2007, when he took on fellow unbeaten Omar Soto. Soto, then 11-0-1 (5), was a Puerto Rican fighter who had fought in the US and Puerto Rico and was now travelling to Thailand for the most important bout. The bout was a close one, and ended with Oleydong taking a narrow split decision for the win which secured him a world title fight down the line. It was his 23rd professional win but the first one that saw him being tested. He was lucky to get the win, with Franz Marti's 115-114 being vital to the win, but it was the one that put him in line for the WBC title.
Den Junlaphan (November 29th 2007)
Talking about the WBC title, Oleydong got his shot at the title 7 months after winning the eliminator, as he took on the then 18-1 Den Junlaphan. The talented Junlaphan was a Japanese based Thai who was enjoying his second reign as the WBC champion, and had only lost once, due to a shoulder injury. Junlaphan put up a great effort, despite the the out door heat and conditions of Bangkok, but in the end Oleydong did enough to take home the close decision and the WBC title. He didn't put in the most exciting performance here, but it was enough to take home the win, boxing on the back foot and using his speed and youth to over-come the champion.
Pornsawan Porpramook I (November 27th 2008)
After winning the title in late 2007 it would take a while until we saw Oleydong take on a notable opponent. In that time he would two stay busy bouts, both against John Cut Siregar, and a title defense against Junishi Ebisuoka. Things changed when he stepped up and defended his title against fellow Thai Pornsawan Porpramook in the first of two bouts between the two men. The talented champion showed his quality as he took a clear decision over Pornsawan, who had given Donnie Neites a tough bout just over a year earlier. This was a win that helped legitimatise Oleydong's reign and moved him to 29-0. Given that Pornsawan would later win the WBA title, less than 3 years later, this was a win that wasn't just big at the time, but also aged well.
Muhammad Rachman (May 29th 2009)
Oleydong's third world title defense saw him take on Indonesian fighter Muhammad Rachman. Rachman was a former IBF Minmumweight champion and although viewed as being past his best when Oleydong took a a very competitive decision over him till had more to offer. The bout between the two men saw Oleydong being narrowly in the lead when the bout was stopped in round 11, giving Oleydong the technical decision. The bout had been very hotly contested, but a nasty headclash in the 11th round saw us going quickly to the scorecards, which all favoured the Thai.
As with Oleydong's win over Pornsawan this one aged rather well, with Rachman later going on to win the WBA title, to become a 2-time champion.
Juan Palacios (November 27th 2009)
Although he had a lengthy reign with the WBC title Oleydong rarely seemed to clearly beat his toughest competition. That was shown again when he took on solid punching Nicaraguan Juan Palacios. "El Exterminator" had gone unbeaten since a controversial loss in Mexico to Jose Antonio Aguirre, in 2002, and had claimed the WBC "interim" title in 2008, when he had stopped Omar Soto. Coming in to this Palacios had stopped his previous 5 opponents and had real momentum of his own. The bout saw Palacious pressing and pressuring through out as Oleydong struggled to cope with the tough and rough style of the challenger. Palacios, the more physically imposing man, kept coming forward, round after round, with impressive stamina and will to win. At the end of 12 rounds it was Oleydong who had his arms raised thanks to a controversial majority decision.
The win saw Oleydong move to 33-0, claim one of his best wins and pretty much finished off Palacios as a top class fighter. The Nicaraguan would be out of the ring for almost a year and would later go 3-7-2, with his career fading away. He did actually fight earlier this year, but was very much a shell of the fighter he had been back in 2009.
Around 15 months after the win over Palacios we would see Oleydong's reign come to an end at the hands of Kazuto Ioka, who would go on to become a real boxing star. As for Oleydong his career held promise at Super Flyweight but he struggled in landing meaningful bouts at 115lbs and would never get a chance to become a 2-time world champion.
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