As with almost every Friday morning the boxing world turned to Thailand to kick off the weekend as combat sports took over the Thai "Channel 7" broadcast.
Although much of the show was kick boxing, and did actually feature the legendary Khaosai Galaxy in a small role, falling over the ropes, there was also boxing on the show. This came in the form of Thai Minimumweight Wanheng Menayothin (30-0, 10) defending his WBC international title
Wanheng, facing Japanese challenger Yuma Iwahashi (10-6-1, 1), put on a dominant display applying constant pressure and landing the eye catching shots round after round. Although Iwahashi was competitive in the opening round or two Wanheng picked up the pace and Iwahashi was unable to ever really match him until the final round.
Unfortunately for the Japanese fight not only was he unable to match Wanheng for workrate but also power and Wanheng spent much of the fight just walking forward getting in to range and then unloading.
With 30 victories now under Wanheng's belt it's surely just a matter of time before he gets a world title fight. Whilst we don't rate him as highly as Ring Magazine, who rank him at #1 in the division,
We've also been informed that on the same Thai card the legendary Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (90-5-2, 47) moved a step close to win #100 as he defeated Falazona Fidal (21-36-1, 7) via a 6 round decision.
In Japan there was a 9 fight show held at the Korakuen Hall.
The main event at "The Hall" saw Dai Iwai (12-3-1, 5) recording a clear but hard fought decision over Yasuyuki Masuda (7-5, 1). Whilst the co-feature saw a very dominant display from Ryuichi Funai (19-6, 13) as he stopped Thai debutant Narak Sithcharnsin (0-1) in 48 seconds.
The Funai/Sithcharnsin was one of just 2 fights that ended early with Toshizane Kinoda (2-0, 1) stopping Genji Ishida (1-1) in the second of a scheduled 4 rounds.
Surprisingly from the 6 under-bouts that went to the judges only 2 of them had a clear cut winner. These bouts saw Kazuma Ishikura (1-1) over coming Hiroki Ishii (0-2) and Takahiro Yamanishi (1-1) taking a shut out over the debuting Kazuma Yoshihara (0-1).
As well as the two unanimous decisions there were also 2 very tight decision victories with the unbeaten Haruka Itakura (2-0) taking a split decision over Ryosuke Goku Tsuboi (2-2, 1) and Shinta Aihara (1-0) claiming a majority decision over Wataru Hosokawa (0-1) in a battle of debutants.
The remaining 2 bouts resulted in draws as Junki Abe (1-2-1) and Koji Okubo (1-1-1) fought to a split draw and in female action Shoko Hayashida (1-2-1, 1) was held to a majority draw by Yunoka Furukawa (1-1-2, 1).
There was also a show in the Philippines, one with title action in fact, though the bouts appear to have been re-scheduled in terms of rounds.
The titles fights, fought over just 8 rounds, saw Lolito Sonsona (16-1-4, 6) unexpectedly held to a draw by journeyman Albert Alcoy (14-16-6, 4) in a battle for the Philippines Luzon Professional Boxing Association (LuzProBA) Super Flyweight title, and Jerwin Ancajas (17-1-1, 9) stopping Armando Casa (11-11-5, 3) to claim the LuzProBa Bantamweight belt.
In none title action the very promising Aston Palicte (11-1, 9) stopped the usually durable Lowell Saguisa (7-13, 3) in the 3rd round, Antonio Melencion (1-3-1) picked up his first victory as he defeated debutant Roberto Santa Ana (0-1) and Jhon Jhon Faminiano (1-8-2) managed to score a draw with Aprilito Agcopra (0-1-1)
Unfortunate in Australia Thai's didn't far well with with both EakKhunphol Mor Krungthepthonburi (8-5, 4) and Eakkreenkrai Mor Krungthep Thonburi (0-2) suffering defeats. Eakkreenkrai went the distance with Dylan Emery (6-0, 1) whilst his compatriot was stopped in 3 by Tony Bates (8-0-1, 6).
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