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The Slow Road To The Title

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By Scott MallMay 19th, 2006 – Siam Shanghai Shopping Center, Bangkok, Thailand

Former WBA super featherweight champion Yodsanan Sor Nathachai (48-3-1, 37 KOs) pounded out an eight-round, unanimous decision over Filipino fighter Arniel Tinampay (6-3-1, 2 KOs) in Bangkok, Thailand in a bout meant to get Sor Nanthachai some rounds and keep him active. The fight took place in the parking lot of the Siam Shopping Center in front of a crowd of only 200 and illustrated just how far the former champion has fallen after losing his championship to Vicente Mosquera in April of last year.

The former champion moved slowly – very, slowly….painfully so….almost mechanically, methodically wading in, hands high, and occasionally throwing hard rights to the body of the limited Tinampay. Far from his championship form, Sor Nanthachai was content to stand flat-footed the entire bout. In the eighth, Sor Nanthachai had the Filipino on the ropes and in trouble but other than this, the action was slow and the time to the end of the fight even slower.

Once the mighty have fallen it’s a slow road to another championship.

”Yodsanan looked slow today but he did win, which is what is important. Also, he doesn’t feel well and is sick.” said his Thai promoter, Siraphop Ratanasuban.

Sor Nanthachai, formerly known as 3K Battery was originally scheduled to meet Robbie Peden. The bout was cancelled and Sor Nanthachai was rescheduled to fight Manuel Medina however once again, the bout was cancelled. Manuel Medina now faces his replacement, Cassius Baloyi, for the vacant IBF and IBO Super Featherweight title.

Sor Nanthachai is no longer able to make the 130 lb. limit which is why his previously scheduled bouts were cancelled. The “Thai Tyson” has elected to skip right past the135 lb. division and fight as a super lightweight.

”We’re looking to get Yodsanan a shot for the vacant WBA super lightweight title,” said Ratanasuban.

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In the co-main event, WBC #12 ranked featherweight Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo improved to 15-0 (7) when he won a twelve-round decision over 50-fight veteran Jaime Barcelona of the Philippines. The victory was Piriyapinyo’s tenth successful defense of the Asian Boxing Council featherweight championship.

Piriyapinyo got the better of the crafty veteran, using a stiff jab to set up his combinations. Barcelona forced the Thai to work to win the rounds but had little power to keep him off and took a defensive posture throughout the bout.
In the ninth round Piriyapinyo knocked the gum shield out of Barcelona’s mouth, sending it flying out of the ring and providing the most excitement of the bout. Referee Chainat Hanwiset called a halt to the action to look for the mouthpiece, which was nowhere to be found. It took a few of the photographers at ringside several minutes to find the accessory, which had somehow made its way under the ring.

The action resumed and Barcelona let his combinations fly, doing enough to steal the round. The Thai fighter slowed his pace in round ten and Barcelona, with newfound confidence, let his hands go and went after Piriyapinyo in an effort to steal the last few rounds.

Piriyapinyo faded down the stretch but had done enough to secure a unanimous decision. Judges scores: 117-111, 117-111, 116-112

In recent bouts the Thai fighter has taken far too much punishment and faded in the later rounds. He’ll need to work on his defense and increase his stamina if he’s to have any shot of winning a title.

Noppdech Singnakornluang won a six-round, unanimous decision over Jesus Muzaka of the Congo. Muzaka seemed more concerned with entertaining the crowd than fighting

Female fighter Nongnoon Sithjadaeng made quick work of Petmongkut Sithjadech, knocking her down and out at 1:08 of the opening stanza.

In a second bout involving female fighters, O-A Sithkaerai won a unanimous decision over a fighter known only as “Jubjaeng” in a four round bout.

Promoter: Onesongchai Boxing Promotion.

On the undercard of Barerra – Juarez

Late replacement Jose Armando Santa Cruz (23-1,13 KOs) battered an outgunned Chikashi Inada (19-3, 14 KOs) for five rounds, forcing referee Jack Reiss to stop the bout at 2:08 of round six. With the victory, Santa Cruz picks up the WBC interim lightweight championship. The fighter from Michoacan, Mexico had filled in for Sirimongkol Singwancha who tested positive for hepatitis B earlier this month. Singwancha and Santa Cruz are tentatively scheduled to meet to determine who will face the winner of the Jose Luis Castillo – Diego Corrales bout.

Rey “Boom-Boom” Bautista (19-0, 14 KOs) showed experience far beyond his youth (19 years-old) when he calmly broke down Robert Bonilla before finally stopping him at 2:36 of round three. Bautista fights on the undercard of the July 2nd, Pacquiao – Larios fight against his toughest opponent to day, Alejandro Montiel. Should he get past Montiel, his next bout could be a shot at the WBO super bantamweight title held by Daniel Ponce De Leon of Mexico.

However, Bautista’s trainer, Freddie Roach, emphasized he’s in no rush to get Bautista a title shot.

“The kid's just 19 years old and maybe after a year he'll be ready.”

Marquez Gets A Second Chance

Juan Manuel Marquez, Nacho Beristain and Jaime Quintana were justifiably crucified in the media for traveling to Borneo to fight WBA Featherweight Champion Chris John for the paltry sum of $31,250. Marquez could have made that much Dancing With the Stars but instead came out on the losing end of a controversial decision with no belt around his waist and no promoter.

Marquez and Thailand’s Terdsak Jandaeng are slated to square off August 5th for the WBO Interim Featherweight Title in either Reno or Las Vegas.  Jandaeng must first get past Daniel “The Prophet” Attah of Nigeria. Current champion Scott Harrison pulled out of a scheduled title defense against Gary St. Claire after being arrested less than a week before the bout on suspicion of possessing drugs.

Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym and Vladimir Sidorenko to Meet in Germany

On July 15th in Hamburg, Germany, WBA Interim bantamweight champion Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (24-0, 15 KOs) travels to the lion’s den to square off against WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko (18-0-1, 6 KOs) in the quest to determine who is the true champion of the WBA. In August of last year, Poonsawat, 24, passed his first major test when he defeated Ricardo Cordoba (then 25-0) by split decision. In March of this year, the Ukranian-born, Germany-based Sidorenko faced Cordoba and was held to a disputed draw.

Quick Results

May 22, 2006 – Watratchaorot School, Chomthong, Bangkok, Thailand

Fahsan 3K Battery TKO8 Mario Diasis
Fahsai Sakreerin UD6 Dondon Lapuz
Chaiyong DiStar Draw – 6 rounds Jaipetch Charoenkasem

May 21, 2006 – Central Hall, Osaka, Japan

Ken Nakajima KO4 Kaennakorn Klongpajol
Sintung Kietbusaba KO2 Taisei Marumoto

May 20, 2006 – Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Nobuhito Honmo UD12 Jimrex Jaca
Kazuhisa Watanabe UD10 Ikuto Kobayashi

May 19, 2006 – Siam Shanghai Shopping Mall, Nonthaburi, Thailand

Chonlatarn Pariyapinyo UD12 Jaime Barcelona
Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai UD8 Arniel Tinampay

May 18, 2006 – Socio-Civic and Cultural Center, Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

Baby Lorona Jr. KO6 Joebar Damosmogg

May 15, 2006 – Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Takefumi Sakata TD6 Kenji Yoshida

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Peter/Toney Ii: Peter Has The Brutal Punch

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Samuel Peter claims he has dynamites in my two hands?

Heavyweight contenders Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter and James Lights Out? Toney get it on a second time this Saturday from the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Fla. (Showtime).

The hard-slugging Peter, unlike Toney, is one of those strong, silent types notorious for letting their fists to the talking one the opening bell sounds, but the Nigeria Nightmare is as confident as ever and determined to turn Lights Out’s lights out for good.

I have got dynamites in my two hands,? said Peter, according the Lagos, Nigeria Vanguard, and I will crush James Toney once and for all. The Toney camp made the mistake of their lives by protesting and seeking a rematch. I am ready to teach him a bitter lesson.?

Sam Peter walked away with the W for Peter/Toney I at the Staples Center in LA last September, but it was by disputed split decision a verdict so disputed, there was even a dispute about the dispute which forced the WBC’s hand into mandating Saturday’s rematch.

Samuel Peter is the biggest thing to hit African boxing since Ghanaian superstar Azumah Nelson rocked the feather and junior welterweight divisions. The President of the Nigeria Boxing Board of Control, Prince Olaide Adeboye, admitted, according to allAfrica.com, We are rooting for Samuel Peter, of course. He is one boy we believe in to bring back the country’s lost glory in professional boxing. I am personally making arrangement to be at the ringside to see him fight Toney again. I was at the first fight in Los Angeles in September.

Peter has the brutal punch, and to me he was the clear winner of the first fight. But the WBC Board of Governors, of which I am a member, voted 21-10 for a rematch. There was nothing those of us Africans on the board could do in the circumstances. But I believe Peter will confirm he is better than Toney and will then go ahead to meet the champion and claim the belt for Nigeria and Africa.?

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The Sweet Science P4P Rankings for Asia

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There are claims that boxing is dying. Hogwash. The heavyweight division isn’t the only division in boxing and 2007 promises to be a banner year in boxing; especially for boxers hailing from Asia.

While Asia isn’t Vegas or Atlantic City, it is a region packed of diamonds in the rough; undiscovered gems and potential superstars who wait for their moment in the sun.

The Sweet Science P4P Rankings – Asia

1) Manny Pacquiao – There’s no way to dispute Pacquiao is the best fighter in Asia, if not all of boxing. He’s exciting, he wins with Je Ne Sais Quois and is definitely “the man” in boxing.

2) Pongsaklek Wonjongkam – Although his competition leaves much to be desired, his longevity and skills are undeniable. He is currently Thailand’s only world champion and is undefeated in ten years. Need I say more?

3) Chris John – A victory over Juan Manuel Marquez, however controversial, shows he belongs at the top of the heap. He easily outpointed Renan Acosta to close out 2006 and should have no trouble defending against Jose Rojas in February. A fight with Pacquiao would not be a good move on his part but a rematch with Marquez would not hurt – especially if he defeats the Mexican again.

4) Hozumi Hasegawa – Hidden away in Japan, Hasegawa is a sharp punching southpaw who put former champion Veeraphol Sahaprom to sleep. He recently bested Genaro Garcia and his herky-jerky style will give fits to any one who steps in the ring with him.

5) Masomori Tokuyama – Tokuyama has never shied away from a good fight and although he only fought once in 2006 (UD12 Jose Navarro), he ledger shows wins over Katsushige Kawashima (twice), Gerry Penalosa (twice) and In Jin Chi (twice). A fight with Hozumi Hasegawa is a distinct possibility in 2007.

6) Nobuo Nashiro – With only seven fights under his belt he took on WBA champion Martin Castillo – and defeated him. Although he’s only fought a total of nine fights, nearly all have been against quality opposition. A victory in a rematch with Castillo would cement his claim as the king of the 115-pound division.

7) Yukata Niida – This light-hitting minimumweight defended his title twice in 2006, winning a technical decision against unbeaten Eriberto Gejon (Tech Win 10) and the other on points over Ronald Barrera (W 12). Scheduled to meet Katsunari Takayama early next year – the best has yet to come for this WBA belt holder.

8) In Jin Chi – Won back the title he lost to Takashi Koshimoto in January from Rudolfo Lopez. While there’s little uncertainty to his skills, at thirty-three, 2007 may provide some insight as to just how much he has left.

9) Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai –Sor Nonthachai is an exciting, top-shelf fighter with an iron chin. Has no trouble making mincemeat of mid-level opposition and deserves a title shot in 2007. Time is running out.

10) Rey Bautista – He’s young, relatively inexperienced in big-time boxing, but will continue to shine in 2007. One of the better prospects in boxing, he should snag a title in 2007.

Asian Fighters Ranked in Ring Magazine

Pound for Pound:

Manny Pacquiao (Philippines): #2

Jr. Lightweight

Manny Pacquiao (Philippines): #1
Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai: #9

Featherweight

Chris John (Indonesia) #1
In Jin Chi (Korea) #3
Takashi Koshimoto (Japan) #5
Hioyuki Enoki (Japan) #7

Jr. Featherweight

Somsak Sithchatchawal (Thailand) #4

Bantamweight

Hozumi Hasegawa (Japan) #2
Veeraphol Sahaprom (Japan) #3
Ratanachai Sor Vorapin (Thailand) #6
Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (Thailand) #10

Jr. Bantamweight

Nobuo Nashiro (Japan) #1
Katsushige Kawashima (Japan) #7
Pramuansak Phosuwan (Thailand) #10

Flyweight

Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (Thailand) #1
Takefumi Sakata (Japan) #7
Daisuke Naito (Japan) #10

Jr. Flyweight

Koki Kameda (Japan) #1

Minimumweight

Yukata Naiida (Japan) #2
Eagle Kyowa (Japan/Thai) #4
Katsunari Takayama (Japan) #5
Rodel Mayol (Philippines) #7

Boxing in Thailand

There’s no shortage of boxers in Thailand. With a huge pool of Muay Thai fighters to draw from and several talented amateur boxing prospects turning pro after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Thailand seems destined to remain a boxing powerhouse in Asia.

The country is known for having tough, determined and disciplined fighters who give their all whenever the step in to the ring. However, consistently losing while fighting abroad and padding their records with no-hopers has done nothing to enhance their reputation.

Whether because of a lack of marketability, a lack of funds or their unwillingness to travel abroad, the vast majority of boxers from Thailand remain a mystery to fans in the west. If anything though, the boxing scene involving Thai fighters will be active. In fact, it’s one of the most active in the world; since 2000, the number of fights has nearly doubled in the country.

The Sweet Science P4P Rankings – Thailand – August 2006

1) Pongsaklek Wonjongkam
2) Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym
3) Somsak Sithchatchawal
4) Wandee Singwancha
5) Sirimongkol Singwancha
6) Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai
7) Veeraphol Sahaprom
8) Pramuansak Phosuwan
9) Terdsak Jandaeng
10) Oleydong Sithamerchai

Current Sweet Science P4P Rankings – Thailand

1) Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (Flyweight) – Definitely the top dog in Thailand

2) Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai (Super Lightweight) – He’s a seasoned fighter who has proven himself in the big-time. He’s one Thai who can fight outside of Asia. He has an abundance of skills and one-punch power. His overall ability and ease in dispatching anyone other than championship caliber get him the runners-up spot.

3) Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (Super Bantamweight) – After losing to Vladimir Sidorenko he’s bounced back. He’s young, he can punch, but the former interim champion needs to prove himself against a name fighter.

4) Somsak Sithchatchawal (Super Bantamweight) – Was his win over Monshipour a fluke or was Celestino Caballero just that good? Did Sithchatchawal catch Monshipour at the right time and can he rebound from the devastating loss? The jury is still out.

5) Wandee Singwancha (Flyweight) – He doesn’t have much of a punch which will be his downfall in the end. He can box, as was evidenced in his recent victory over Juanito Rubillar, but this won’t be enough. He can no longer make the Jr. Flyweight limit and with no punch he’ll have a hard time competing against the “big boys.” Although he’s now rated second by the WBC, he doesn’t deserve to be.

5) Sirimongkol Singwancha (Super Lightweight) – Get this guy a fight. He’s better than Jose Armando Santa Cruz and would have beat up Inada had the fight taken place. He’ll fight anyone but his biggest obstacle is staying motivated fighting tomato cans in Thailand. Like many Thais, he needs a fight against a name opponent.
6) Wandee Singwancha (Flyweight) – He doesn’t have much of a punch which will be his downfall in the end. He can box, as was evidenced in his recent victory over Juanito Rubillar, but this won’t be enough. He can no longer make the Jr. Flyweight limit and with no punch he’ll have a hard time competing against the “big boys.” Although he’s now rated second by the WBC, he doesn’t deserve to be.

7) Pramuansak Phosuwan (Super Flyweight) – A genuine tough guy. Always calm and focused no matter how heated the battle. But at thirty-eight, he’ll be in trouble should he fight one of the division’s elite.
8) Veeraphol Sahaprom (Bantamweight) – Will be lucky to get another crack at the title. Although he has a puncher’s chance of winning a belt, that’s about all he has left at this point. A third shot at Hasegawa is unlikely.

9) Oleydong Sithamerchai (Minimumweight) – He’s fought better than the usual opponents faced by Thais at his level and he moves up one spot with the departure of Terdsak Jandaeng. He lacks the punch and is in the wrong division to become a superstar. He’ll need to defeat a name opponent to convince me.

10) Saenghiran Lookbanyai / Napapol Kittisakchokchai (Super Bantamweight) – These two square-off in early March, supposedly to see who deserves a shot at Israel Vasquez. Kittisakchokchai has the edge in experience but some feel Lookbanyai has the edge in heart and is the favorite.

Neither has defeated a top twenty fighter and yet are ranked number one and two respectively in the WBC’s world.

In Kittisakchokchoi’s lone shot at the big-time, he was TKO’d in 10 by Oscar Larios. His dreadful performance against Larios and lack of quality opposition leads me to believe Saenghiran might have more of a shot at beating him than some suspect. Regardless, neither of them lasts longer than six rounds with Israel Vasquez.

Honorable Mention: Wethya Sakmuangklang, Denkaosan Kaovichit, Devid Lookmahanak, Nethra Sasiprapa, Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo, Pornsawan Kratingdaenggym

Thai Fighters Ranked in Ring Magazine

Pongsaklek Wonjongkam: #1 Flyweight
Pramuansak Phosuwan: #10 Jr. Bantamweight
Veeraphol Sahaprom: #3 Bantamweight
Ratanachai Sor Vorapin: #6 Bantamweight
Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym: #10 Bantamweight
Somsak Sithchatchawal: #3 Jr. Featherweight
Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai: #9 Lightweight

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Iceman Stops Tito Ortiz Win Streak

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LAS VEGAS—UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck “Iceman” Liddell’s fists proved too much for Huntington Beach’s Tito Ortiz who was stopped in the third round before a sold out crowd at the MGM Garden Arena on Saturday.

The punching machine Liddell (20-3, 13 KOs) repeated his victory in UFC 66 over the much-improved grappler Ortiz who has improved his punching and blocking. Ortiz was trying to avenge his loss of April 2004.

Despite all the new weapons displayed by Ortiz it wasn’t enough as Liddell pummeled the former champion and retained his title with a technical knockout at 3:59 of the third round. Referee Mario Yamasaki stopped the bout.

“This was the most satisfying victory of my career,” said Liddell, 36, of Santa Barbara. “Tito came back real tough.”

Ortiz (15-5, 8 KOs), a former wrestler, worked on his boxing technique knowing he would need it against the former boxer Liddell. But Liddell’s experience allowed him to find the right moment to pounce on Ortiz.

“I had him hurt, I just kept throwing punches,” said Liddell who also knocked down Ortiz in the first round with a left hook.

Ortiz was gracious in defeat.

“Chuck is the best fighter Pound for Pound in the (mixed martial arts) world,” said Ortiz, 31, who suffered a gash on the side of his left eye from a punch. “I’m disgusted by myself. I let my fans down.”

Other bouts

Underdog Keith Jardine (12-3-1) knocked out Forrest Griffin (13-4) at 4:41 of the first round in their light heavyweight showdown. A right uppercut followed by a left hook wobbled Griffin who was sent to the floor by a barrage of punches. On the ground Jardine landed right after right until referee John McCarthy stopped the fight for a technical knockout.

“I couldn’t believe he was hurt,” said Jardine about Griffin who is known for his resiliency. “I was so nervous coming into this fight, but now I know I belong here.”

Canada’s Jason McDonald (18-7) choked out Chris Leben (15-3) in a middleweight bout that was up for grabs. Though Leben seemed to control the fight with stunning left hands, once the fight went to the ground McDonald managed a chokehold at 4:03 of the second round. Referee Steve Mazagatti saw Leben was unconscious and stopped the fight.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski (12-5) caught Brazil’s Mario Cruz (2-2) with a sneak right hand while both were tangled on the ground. Then the Belarusian pummeled Cruz until referee Herb Dean stopped the fight at 3:15 of the first round.

Third season winner of the Ultimate Fighter television reality season Michael Bisping (12-0) of Great Britain won by technical knockout over Eric Shafer (9-2-2) at 4:29 of the first round. A knee knocked Shafer groggy then Bisping knocked him to the ground and pounded him. Referee Mario Yamasaki stopped the bludgeoning.

Thiago Alves (16-4) caught Peru’s Tony De Souza (15-5) with a knee as he attempted to dive for his legs in a welterweight contest. After that it was pretty much over as Alves pummeled De Souza at 1:10 of the second round forcing referee John McCarthy to halt the bout.

Gabriel Gonzago (7-1) proved too strong for Carmelo Marrero (6-1) in a heavyweight bout. At 3:22 of the first round Gonzago of Massachusetts manipulated his way into arm bar forcing Pennsylvania’s Marrero to tap out.

Japan’s Yushin Okami (19-3) pounded Georgia’s Rory Singer (11-6) into submission at 4:03 of the third round of a middleweight bout. Okami seemed the more-rounded fighter with effective kicks to the head and more accurate punching.

Christian Wellisch (8-2) jumped to a quick start with an accurate left hook that rattled Australia’s Anthony Perosh (5-3) in a heavyweight bout. During the first round it seemed the Sacramento fighter might end the fight but the Aussie hung tough. Wellisch won by unanimous decision.

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