With a huge weekend coming up we suspect that a bunch of fans really just can't wait for this week to end however we do have some interesting, and we'll admit we use that term liberally, bouts this Thursday.
Probably the most notable bout of the day comes from the new infamous Yemeni Boxing Gym in Sanaa where unbeaten KO machine Ali Raymi (23-0, 23) puts his unbeaten record on the line in an attempt to claim the UBO Light Flyweight title. Raymi will be fighting fellow Yemeni fighter Prince Maz (9-3, 7) in what will be their 4th contest this year. Raymi claimed the lightly regarded IBI Minimumweight title with a 9th round retirement of Maz in October and it seems both men are stepping up a division for a bout that we believe will be aired on Yemeni national TV. We've got to admit that the rivalry between the two men is becoming farcical.
Surat Thani, Thailand
A more serious show comes from Thailand where we see two unbeaten Thai's in regional title fights whilst a former world title challenger is also featured in action.
The main event here will see novice professional Petchmanee Kokietgym (3-0) battle against fellow unbeaten Ardi Tefa (4-0, 3) in a 12 round contest for the currently vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Minimumweight title. Petchmanee will be stepping up to 12 rounds for the first time after scoring solid wins for a novice over the likes of Domi Nenokeba and Wilber Andogan. For Indonesian fighter Tefa this will be his first bout outside of of his homeland and appears to be a big step up for the 28 year old dubbed the "Predator". On paper this looks genuinely interesting though we do suspect the Thai will be too well schooled for visiting opponent.
In the other title fight fans will see the unbeaten Saenganan KKP (9-0, 5) defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Light Flyweight title against Indonesian southpaw Demsi Manufoe (9-3, 6). This will be the first defense from Saenganan who won the title in August when he defeated Filipino Wilber Andogan in what was a less than stellar bout. We're expecting a win from the Thai here though we're unsold on him overall following his less than impressive performance Domi Nenokeba earlier this year.
The aforementioned world title challenger on this card is the highly experienced Sod Kokietgym (63-3-1, 28) who will be fighting for the first time since his opening round loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux back in July. At the time of writing his opponent has yet to be named.