This past weekend we had the latest WP Boxing event from Bang Phun. The main event of that show saw former 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (49-5-1, 42) fight in a stay busy bout against Filipino journeyman Jomar Fajardo (17-18-2, 9). The bout was all about keeping Srisaket sharp, after a poor performance last time out, and was never regarded as a competitive match up, more a public whooping.
Despite the bout being a complete, and utter, mismatch the contest has given up quite a few things to talk about in our latest Take Aways article!
1-Srisaket Should be more active!
We start, as usual, with a really obvious point and that's that Srisaket Sor Rungvisai should be a lot, lot more active than he has been. The talented Thai destroyer was fighting for the second time this year with this bout against Fajardo and it was his 4th fight in 24 months. That might sound like the average amount for a Western fighter but Western fighters and Thai's are different. A sign of this was Srisaket's activity in the years before his career defining wins over Roman Gonzalez. In 2014 he fought 9 times, in 2015 he fought 6 times and in 2016 he fought 5 times. He should be kept active, kept busy and in the ring every few months to the end of the year. Doing this will keep him sharp, and keep the ring rust off him before he gets a big fight in 2021. If he's having 12 round wars then yes give him a rest, but if he's having easy bouts he should fight at least 4 times a year.
2-No Matchroom Sport
For Srisaket's previous bout, in August against Amnat Ruenroeng, Matchroom Sport streamed the bout to an international audience. It now seems like Matchroom aren't bothered and they seemingly had no involvement at all here. We understand them not wanting to push this bout too much, but it would have been a good way to keep Srisaket in the public consciousness, even in a total mismatch. When Matchroom streamed the Srisaket Vs Amnat bout we were wondering if it was going to be a one off, and sadly it appears that it was. A bit of a foolish move as the Thai scene is chock a block with talent and getting in on the ground level will allow Western fans some familiarity with the rising Thai hopefuls.
3-WP Boxing's Production Quality is the best in Thailand
Typically Thai cards have often been held out doors, full of pageantry and really drawn out, long, frustrating, dull affairs. WP Boxing however have got a much better way of doing things. There is no long parade of sponsors, and anthems and adverts. There is no delaying the action for 20 minutes at the start. Instead they show the fighters on an on screen graphic, then get to the fight. The only complaint is that the venue is a a bit sterile in the no crowd era, but other than that we love WP's production and it does feel much more professional than many of the other events in Thailand.
4-Jomar Fajardo needs to consider his future
At one point in time Jomar Fajardo was a decent Light Flyweight. Not a world beater, but someone who was serviceable as a gate keeper. We saw that when he earned a very unexpected draw against Francisco Rodriguez Jr in 2014, and when he gave Jonathan Taconing a good test in 2015. Even as recently as 2018, when he upset Edrin Dapudong, he was considered a fighter who was much better than his record suggested. Sadly he has now lost 7 of his last 9 and been stopped in 6 of those 7 losses. He's fighting well above his best weight, taking punishment, being matched in bouts he has no chance in and really taking a beating. This was his 5th stoppage loss in 12 months and someone really needs to have a serious talk with him about hanging them up.
5-Wanchai Pongsri should have stepped in
It's worth noting this bout was stopped with 1 second of round 2 remaining when Fajardo's corner man ran into the ring, literally sprinting across the ring. This was completely unnecessary and the referee should have stepped in prior to that. Sure one could argue Fajardo was always throwing back, but lets just be honest, he was taking big shots, he was taking a lot of unnecessary punishment and Wanchai Pongsri should have ended that earlier. Whether that was by his own volition or by someone making it clear the corner wanted to stop it. By the ending it was ugly, and Fajardo took quite a few shots he shouldn't have had to take.
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).