With the year coming to a close we think we may have seen the final female upset of the year on Friday morning in Thailand as the unheralded Kledpetch Lookmuangkan (6-2, 1) scored the biggest victory of her career. Facing former world title contender Kanittha Kokietgym (20-6, 7) few would have given Kledpetch much of a chance but the 21 year old managed to out work Kanittha to take the decision.
Whilst no one would Kanittha unbeatable going in to this contest she had only lost to notable fighters including Naoko Fujioka, twice, Shindo Go, Irma Sanchez and Jessica Chavez, 4 very good fighters who have all proven to be world class. If Kledpetch could follow in their footsteps then she may well become one of the great female fighters from Thailand.
Staying in Thailand, albeit on a different show, South Korean Hee-Jung Yuh (10-2, 4) did what was expected of her and stopped Thai novice Lookkwan Sithpracha (0-2), taking just 4 rounds to get the job done. Yuh, fighting on foreign soil for the first time, really should have faced a tougher foe than Lookkwan, though with the potential of Yuh to fight a more notable name next time out we will forgive her, for now.
Female action returned to Thailand earlier this week as part of a 5 fight show in the Ban Rai Temple.
The lesser of two female bouts saw the experienced Thai Kanittha Kokietgym (20-5, 7) taking a decision over the debuting Ngamta Kwanjaisrikot (0-1) in what was, at least on paper a massive mismatch.
With Kanittha having previously fought for the WBC female Minimumweight title, and putting up a half decent effort against Japan's Naoko Fujioka, who was defending her belt for the first time, this really was about "levels". Ngamta may have seen out the final bell but don't be confused about the winner.
The more important of the two female bouts saw the destructive Rika Matsumoto (5-0, 5) claiming not just her 5th straight stoppage victory but also her first title. Matsumoto, facing off against win less Thai Lamnammoon Kwanjaisrikort (0-5) needed just 2 rounds to finish off the bout and claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council female Light Flyweight title.
Prior to this bout Matsumoto had defeated 4 debutants. We now hope she will be facing a fighter with a victory on their record next time out as she looked to build her record. There is talent there in the Thai based Japanese fighter though just how much talent is the real question.