The always active Thai scene was again the centre of the Asian boxing world as a the country hosted another card.
Televised on Thai Channel 7 and held at the Phang Nga Bay Resort the cards main event saw Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat (47-2, 31) successfully defend his PABA Bantamweight title against the French born Tarek Krab (1-5, 1).
The bout, on paper a massive mismatch, proved to be relatively one way traffic as the experienced Thai stalked his prey, repeatedly backing him against the ropes and connecting with heavy, hurtful shots. Those hurtful shots took their toll in round 3 as Krab went down and forced the referee to finish the bout early.
In an all out war Yuchi Carryboy (18-17, 11) was defeated by Muay Thai fighter Yodsingdaeng Jor Chaijinda (1-0). The bout was action from the off and highly entertaining even if it wasn't the most technically graceful of bouts. The young debutant certainly does appear to have potential with fast hands, a fun style and obvious talent, so we are hoping to see hm in the ring again.
The card also featured wins for Thong Sithluangphophun (2-0, 1) who battered Saksri Petchtwin Gym (2-8) in 4 rounds and the diminutive Suthep Sor Por Lor Krungthep (2-2) who overcame a notable size disadvantage to defeat Singdaeng Immaek Gym (0-1). Despite the loss for Singdaeng he actually looks very "technical" something we don't tend to see in Thai's.
Across the Thai airwaves on Channel 3 there was a second noteworthy Thai card. This show, held at the Provincial Stadium, Chaiyaphum actually slipped below our radar but proved to be an intriguing card.
The main event saw Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (21-6-1, 8) claim the WBO Oriental Super Flyweight title by narrowly out pointing former world title challenger Ardin Diale (20-8-3, 7). The bout was very close with Diale having a genuine case to feel a little annoyed with both the judges and himself.
The undercard of the Channel 3 card show saw stablemates Ratchasak Kokietgym (16-2-1, 7) and Yokthong Kokietgym (14-2, 10) claiming decisions. Ratchasak defeated Filipino Michael Escobia (10-5-1, 2) whilst Yokthong overcame debutant Pongsak Chaiyonggym (0-1).
In Tokyo there was a Japanese novice card. The 12 fight show had all of it's bouts scheduled for 4 rounds and surprisingly 10 of them went the distance. The only two men who won inside the schedule were Bantamweight Kazuki Yokoyama (4-1, 3) and Flyweight Ryuto Oho (2-0, 2).
In the US, Filipino Jundy Maraon (15-1-1, 12) suffered his first loss as he was sickeningly stopped by Juan Carlos Payano (14-0, 8). Maraon had managed to drop Payano though unfortunately the the highly regarded Payano recovered well and eventually rendered Maraon unconscious. The stoppage was a nasty one and Maraon was seen to by doctors in the ring. We wish him a speedy recovered.
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