This past weekend was a hectic one, with a lot of noteworthy bouts taking place in Asia. Among those was a WBC Asian Boxing Council Lightweight title bout between defending champion Apichet Petchmanee (7-0, 2) and Thai based Russian Musheg Adoian (7-2, 7), which was shown as part of the WP Boxing event in Bang Phun. The bout saw Apichet take home the victory, via majority decision, but left us with a lot of to talk about, making the bout ideal for one of our Take Away articles.
1-Apichet is well schooled
This is somewhat a case of stating the obvious, given that Apichet Petchmanee was a real good amateur, but it is something that really stood out all the same. He does a lot of things correct. He moves around the ring well, uses his jab well and has nice hand speed. He also knows to hold, hold and hold, when he's hurt and does typically fight his fight. Technically he's better than most 6-0 fighters, though does still have areas to work on, more about those in a minute. In regards to Thailand he's well schooled and one of their more classically skilled fighters, who's amateur pedigree does show through.
2-Despite being talented Apichet is limited
So we've began this by praising Apichet and now comes the criticism of the Thai. When he turned professional hopes were high for him. He looked great in his first couple of bouts, and seemed intent on making an impact on the sport. Sadly however he's not got the star making attributes he needs to reach the top. At least not that he's shown so far. We have seen him struggle in the past, with Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo, and he struggled again here. He's technically solid, but he lacks some things he needs to be a star. Notably he lacks power, and struggled to get respect from opponents, he has holes in defense and, as shown here, his chin is questionable and he appears to have poor stamina. He was down twice here, and had to dig very, very deep. He has the heart, but not the power, work rate, or engine to go to the top.
3-Scoring in Thailand is still questionable
As mentioned Apichet was dropped twice here, and he was really put under pressure late on and very, very lucky to take home the decision, as Musheg Adoian seemed to out work a tired Apichet late on. Sadly however the judges disagreed, with two of them giving the decision to the Thai local. It's a real shame that the bad reputation of Thai officials really is still there, especially during these times when bouts are harder to make. Come on guys, get the scoring fair! The best we could see for Apichet was a draw, and so we have no idea how two judges saw Apichet winning this. Come on guys, sort it out!
4-Musheg Adoian is one to watch
Russian puncher Musheg Adoian shouldn't be disappointed here. Yes he lost, but he impressed and we dare say his upside is much, much better than that of Apichet. Adoian can punch, he's exciting, and at just 25 years old he will come back from this set back. We dare say the loss could be a blessing in disguise for him, with fans now having sympathy for him, and he has learned a lesson. Never leave a bout in the hands of the judges. Of the two men he looked the less polished, the one with the more areas for improvement, but also the one we see going the furthest. He's certainly going to be a handful for everyone on the Thai scene.
5-A rematch would be great....over 10 rounds!
Some close and controversial bouts deserve a rematch, and we certainly feel that this one does. Better yet lets have it done over 10 rounds, not 8. It would give Apichet a chance to prove he belongs at this level, and that he can earn a win rather than being given it, and it would give Adoian a chance to avenge the loss. The bout would be an ideal fight for WP Boxing to put on in December, for their year ending show and, given the controversy here, it would be good enough to headline the event!
Thinking Out East
With this site being pretty successful so far we've decided to open up about our own views and start what could be considered effectively an editorial style opinion column dubbed "Thinking Out East" (T.O.E).