Spaceplus Bangkok RCA, Bangkok, Thailand
For the second time this week attention turns to Thailand, however the card here lacks notable names and looks more like a chance for the WBC's regional body to collection some fees rather than the sport moving forward, or fans getting competitive action.
The main event of the card will see hard hitting Indonesian hopeful Jon Jon Jet (11-1-1, 8) take on Thai veteran Wicha Phulaikhao (63-17-2, 27), aka Pigmy Kokietgym, in a bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Bantamweight title. In a sport as dangerous as boxing mismatches like this shouldn't be allowed. On paper it looks fine, with an emerging hopeful taking on a veteran however the 28 year old Jet is very much a fighter in his prime, with heavy hands, and despite some recent set backs is dangerous at this type of lower level. The Thai on the other hand, who's actually a late replacement, is a 41 year old, former Minimumweight who has been stopped in 4 of his last 6 and 12 times in total. We suspect he'll be happy to bail when hurt, but this is still an unnecessary risky fight for someone who has a lot of miles on the clock.
Sadly the other notable bout on this card isn't much better as Ilham Loeisa (10-1-1, 8), a 32 year old Indonesian puncher, takes on 18 year old Thai Poramin Saengpak (10-4, 8), who has been stopped 3 times in his 14 fight career. Although Thailand are well known for having fighters begin their career remarkably young we do need to worry about Poramin's long term health, especially if he suffers much punishment here. He suffered his first knockout loss aged 15 and has been stopped twice already this year, with this being his 6th bout of the year. This bout will be for the vacant WBC Council Continental Welterweight title, and will be a likely see the visitor crowned the new champion.