This past Saturday saw a world title bout that could only be described as a mystery bout.
Originally we had understood that WBA female Super Featherweight Hyun Mi Choi (9-0-1, 3) was fighting a 0-1 novice who had been inactive for several years. What transpired however was that Choi fought Keanpetch Superchamps (6-8-1) in a bout that was unsanctioned by the Korean Boxing Commission, despite being a WBA title bout.
It took a while to figure out that Thailand's Keanpetch Superchamps was also known as Keanpetch Manopgym and Siriwan Thongmanit. It's the fact she had fought under 3 names that really confused matters with regards to her complete record, which we're still unsure about, and her activity.
As it turned out the experience didn't matter too for the Thai who simply wasn't good enough for the Korean fighter who had defected from North Korea.
From what we understand Choi appears to have been in control of the bout from early on and eventually forced a stoppage of the Thai fighter in round 8, becoming the second successive fighter to stop the Thai fighter who is now 0-4 outside of Thailand and 0-3 in South Korea following a pair of losses to Hee-Jung Yuh.
We hope to have more news on this bout at some point but details are incredibly scarce with the WBA not even having details on their website. In fact the only solid information from this bout, including the picture, has come from yonhapnews.co.kr who haven't really given much away on their own piece on the fight.
(Image courtesy of yonhapnews.co.kr/)
Thai teenager Keanpetch Superchamps (5-5-1) may only been 18 but she's already began to turn her once floundering career into something that appears to have potential.
The Thai youngster began her career with just 1 win in her first 6 bouts (1-4-1) having been matched tough from the off losing thrice to one time title challenger Sainumdoi Superchamps. Since then however she's turned her career around with 5 wins from 6 bouts with the most recent of those coming this past Tuesday as she defeated Japanese debutant Noriko Watanabe (0-1).
Although the victory over Watanabe might not mean a lot on paper it surely means the world to Keanpetch who will now feel like she has gotten over the awful start to her career and developed the skills and experience to help her progress in to what could be a fruitful career. For Watanabe it's hard to say though if she follows the same career path as Keanpetch then she too could have the potential to grow in this great sport of ours.