Nakhon Sawan, Thailand
This coming Tuesday we'll not see a lot of action, but we will get a world title fight, as attention turns to Thailand. Here we'll see WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (20-0, 7) take on Japanese challenger Norihito Tanaka (19-7, 10). For Knockout this will be his 8th defense, and see him looking to build on a frustrating 2019, a year in which he fought just once and escaped with a technical decision against ArAr Andales. Although Knockout has failed to shine in a long time, seemingly going through the motions in bouts, the same can't be said of Tanaka. The 35 year old Japanese fighter scored a career best win in early 2019, when he stopped Shin Ono for the Japanese title, and avenged one of his losses later in the year, easily out boxing Naoya Haruguchi.
Tanaka has the momentum, but history is well against him, and no Japanese born fighter has ever brought back a world title from Thailand.
Our full previews of the WBA title bout can be read here Knockout defends WBA title against Norihito Tanaka!
Also on this card will be the professional debut of Muay Thai star Petchdam Petchyindee Academy (0-0), who we believe will be facing fellow debutant Omar Elouers (0-0). This bout will be a 10 round contest at Lightweight, and could be the start of another legendary Thai career by someone who has converted from Muay Thai to western style boxing. Petchdam is a genuinely bright hope, if he decides to dedicated himself to the sport, so fingers crossed that's what he does!