November 24th 2012-Kunming City Stadium, Kunming, China
Jomthong Chuwatana (4-0, 4) vs Ranel Suco (14-6-2, 6)
Every so often we stumble on a fight that we believed was lost, today we did that when we came across the OPBF Super Featherweight title fight between Jomthong Chuwatana [จอมทอง ชูวัฒนะ] and Ranel Suco. The bout saw the men fighting for not only the OPBF title but also the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Super Featherweight title.
Sadly the footage does appear to be missing the final round, but it's as close to the full fight that seems to be available and is a genuine modern rarity.
May 6th 2015- Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan
Takashi Uchiyama (22-0-1, 18) Vs Jomthong Chuwatana (9-0, 4)
A recent bout between unbeaten fighters saw Takashi Uchiyama battle against Thailand's Jomthong Chuwatana. Coming in to the bout Uchiyama had shown signs of slipping, though was defending the WBA Super Featherweight "super" title, whilst Jomthong had become one of the premier Muay Thai fighters of his era.
(Video courtesy of TKO.in.TH)
January 17th 2015- Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Jomthong Chuwatana (8-0, 4) Vs Daiki Kaneko (21-3-3, 14)
Every so often we get a special fight that pits two young and promising fighters against each other in a bout a that essentially sees the winner being moved towards a huge opportunity and the loser left to come again. They are the bouts that on paper excite us and leave us unsure who will come out on top and in the ring they keep us captivated. One such bout came this past January when OPBF Super Featherweight champion Jomthong Chuwatana went to Japan to defend his title against former world title challenger Daiki Kaneko. The combined ages of the two fighters was 51, between them they had fought in just 35 professional bouts but it was still a mouth watering match up. For those who missed it, here it is.
(Note-the graphic on screen has Jomthong's name as Thanakorn Phawachart. That's his birth name, he is however better known by his fighting name Jomthong Chuwatana)
Whilst we don't always get what we want we usually get footage of the fights we want and after a little wait we finally came across the video of Jomthong Chuwatana's OPBF Super Featherweight title defence against Koseki Nakama. The bout was Jomthong's first boxing contest for well over a year and saw him making the 3rd defence of his belt against the little known Koseki.
Jomthong, for those who aren't aware, is a huge name in Muay Thai and when he turned to boxing a few years ago a lot of Thai fans were very excited about his potential. That excitement grew following his wins over Dong Hyuk Kim, to claim the OPBF title, and Ronald Pontillas though, sadly, he then vanished from boxing and returned to Muay Thai leaving boxing fans wondering if he would ever box again. Thankfully this bout answered those questions.
We won't ruin the action though we will apologise for the "quality" of the video, though unfortunately it's the only video of the fight we could find. For that we need to thank youtube user aka0113 who uploaded the fight in full. Poor quality or not it's still better than no quality.
Having won the OPBF Super Featherweight title in May 2012 with a 9th round TKO over Dong Hyuk Kim it's hard to believe that Jomthong Chuwatana has only defended it twice with the most recent of those defences coming in February 2013 against former champion Ronald Pontillas. Pontillas had, himself, won the title from the heavy handed Masao Nakamura though went on to lose it to Kim, who as mentioned lost it to Jomthong.
The bout, which was a relatively straight forward win on paper for Jomthong, was the hardest bout of his career so far and saw him forced to take some solid shots from his Filipino foe.
Despite the bout being relatively tough for Jomthong it was still a very good 12 round work out for the tough and talented Thai who is now set to return to the ring to take on Koseki Nakama. It's just a shame the OPBF title has been held up for way more than a year.
When we think of the most promising and talented Thai's it's very hard not to be impressed by Jomthong Chuwatana, despite a long break from boxing to concentrate on other things, notably his Muay Thai. For those who had seen Jomthong in Muay Thai however his transition to boxing would have been little surprise considering how good he was with his hands.
In 2010 Jomthong began his transition to that of a boxer and just over 2 years after his debut he stepped up in class to fight for the OPBF Super Featherweight title against tough South Korean Dong Hyuk Kim. Despite fighting on hostile territory against a reigning champion and a tough and talented fighter Jomthong just did what he does so well and won.
The fight was a slow grinding job by Jomthong who seemed in control of the bout from early on with his heavy and sharp shots though credit goes to Kim who fought valiantly and showed off the Korean heart that used to make Korean fighters must watch fighters. Sadly it wasn't his heart that let him down here but instead his face which had become very badly swollen on the right side and the doctor had no option but to stop the fight.
From what we understand Kim suffered a very serious injury that has kept him out of the ring for a prolonged time, though there is talk in South Korea that he may be making a comeback either later this year or early next year. For Jomthong however it was evidence of just how nasty his shots are.
(We apologise for the lack of sound, the video we were sent featured all the sound played at around double speed meaning it ran it's course after 20 minutes, we made the decision to use a sound-less version instead of that)
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