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A Mismatch Here, There and Everywhere…



A report from claims “Pound-for-pound star and IBF bantamweight champ Rafael Marquez has chosen a less dangerous opponent for his next title defense, as his planned December 2 showdown with Filipino Gerry Peñalosa has been scrapped in favor of an aging Thai ex-champion. Reports coming out of Mexico reveal that Marquez is now going to face the 37-year-old Veerapol Sahaprom of Thailand on November 7, a fight that will surely not help Marquez any in boosting his marketability worldwide. “

Although the fight is shown as a done deal on, The Sweet Science contacted Nakornluang Promotions who stated “We would love to fight Marquez however we have received nothing from his people. Normally we receive a fax with the pertinent details however as of 9:00 AM Bangkok time, September 12th, no such information has been received. We have heard about the fight in the news however as of now, we are not in negotiations nor have we received any information from the Marquez camp.”

Personally I’d rather not see the fight happen – Sahaprom was destroyed by Hozumi Hasegawa and his only chance of beating Marquez is if he's allowed to use brass knuckles instead of gloves. Sahaprom is looking for one last big payday and title shot. With Marquez he should get both but bet the house, the bank and your last piece of clothing on Marquez; this fight won't go four rounds should it happen.

To call Sahaprom “less dangerous” than Penalosa is a stretch at best. Sahaprom is every bit the knockout artist Penalosa is and then some. Sure he’s had his better days and is four years older than Penalosa but neither fighter has had a meaningful win since 2000. In other words, Penalosa is no more dangerous than Sahaprom and both fighters are past their prime.

How about a fight between Sahaprom and Penalosa in Japan or Dubai or any place other than in Thailand or the Philippines? Maybe one Thai judge, one Filipino judge and a neutral judge from Iceland or Switzerland would avoid one of those hometown decisions.

Thai Tidbits:

February 20, 1985: After successfully defending his WBC flyweight title against Charlie Magri, Sot Chitalada’s purse check for $104,000 was stolen by a ringside pickpocket. Chitalada won the bout by TKO in round 5.

Results from Thailand

University of Thurakit Bandtit, Bangkok, Thailand – August 31, 2006

Denkaosan Kaovichit (35-1, 15 KOs) scored a boring, unanimous twelve round decision over Nino Suelo (5-12-1, 3 KOs). Although Kaovichit is ranked thirteenth by the WBO, he’s not nearly as good as his record might lead you to believe. He may be good enough to win and hold one of those “PABA” titles but don’t count on him winning a world title.

Sairung Sawanasil knocked out Rick “Don’t Call me Rex” Paciones in two rounds. Paciones was lucky to last a full round and the bout took only slightly longer than figuring out his real name. Although the Filipino’s real name is Rick Paciones, the Thai spelling of his name somehow translated to Rex Pasones in English. Thus he was referred to as Rex Pasones, several times. Deciphering this was more exciting than the fight with the exception of the blow that put me out of my misery and Paciones on a plane back to the Philippines.

Remember the Punching Prisoners, Nongmai and Siriporn Sor Siriporn? They’re back…Goody.

First up was former women’s title contender Nongmai Sor Siriporn. The Thai squared off against first-time, professional pugilist Bahatanyu Paradon Gym, also of Thailand. I liked Nongmai “the fighter” when she was in prison with nothing to do but train. She was motivated, dedicated and took her craft seriously – she showed progress. Now a free woman, she’s enjoying life on the outside and it showed. A lazy and complacent Nongmai was decisively whooped by Paradon Gym over four rounds in a battle of the limited.

There are talks of Nongmai fighting in Singapore or Hong Kong for some sort of “championship.” Yea, that’s right, a “championship.” Of what, I don’t know and I suspect it really doesn’t matter.

The still-incarcerated Siriporn Sor Siriporn did manage to defeat Bang On Kiatruenpetch by unanimous decision. She’s got another two years in the pokey but unless she gets another gift (and she might), she won’t be fighting for a title anytime soon.

Samut Songkram, Thailand – September 7, 2006

Chatchai Sasakul (56-3. 36 KOs) UD12 Yuki Murai (11-9-4, 3 KOs)

Aging former champion Chatchai Sasakul successfully defended his ABCO title against Yuki Murai of Japan with a hard fought, twelve round unanimous decision. Sasakul looked every bit his age, throwing one punch at a time and fighting thirty seconds of each round instead of the full three minutes.

“I’m an old man and this guy is young. I can’t keep punching like when I was his age,” said Sasakul.

Sasakul may face Thai prospect Devid Lookmahanak early next year and if so, forget about it, he doesn’t stand a chance!

Medgoen Singsurat (43-4, 31 KOs) KO3 Jonathan Gonzalez (0-1)

Late replacement Medgoen Singsurat made short work of Jonathan “Scrubby” Gonzalez.  WBC flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam had been slated to fight Gonzalez however pulled out due to an illness. It didn’t prevent him from being ringside and in the corner however.

Why would the boxing commission(s) of Thailand, plural, allow a fighter who has never fought professionally to face Wonjongkam or Singsurat? After all, Wonjongkam is a record-setting world champion and Singsurat is no slouch either, knocking out Manny Pacquiao in 1999. Gonzales is also a fighter who has not received his letter of authority from the Games and Amusement Board of the PI (boxing commission) but apparently this doesn’t matter to the promoter or boxing commissions of Thailand.

Draw your own conclusions – anyway you look at it there’s no excuse for these sorts of fights.

In a toe-to-toe battle, Noknoi Sitthiprasert pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over Liu Yong Jun (China)

Techonogy University, Bangkok, Thailand – September 8, 2006

Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (25-1, 16 KOs) vs. Jonathan Ba-at (3-1, 1 KO)

In his first bout since losing to Vladimir Sidorenko in July, former WBA interim bantamweight champion Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym pulverized Jonathan Ba-at, knocking him out with a body punch at 2:05 of the second round. With the victory Poonsawat picks up the PABA title. Poonsawat looked sharp and did all he could to demonstrate why Ba-at shouldn’t set foot in the same ring with him.

Another ridiculous and meaningless bout. Slapping a championship on a fight like this doesn’t do anything other than mask the obvious.

Upcoming Fights:

September 25th, 2006 – City Hall, Nakornpathom Province, Thailand

Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (15-0, 7 KOs) vs. Yoddamrong Sithyodtong (45-4-1, 20 KOs)

On September 25th, the WBC’s #11 ranked featherweight, Chonlatarn Piriyapino steps in against 29 year-old, former WBA super bantamweight champion Yoddamrong Sithyodtong. Piriyapinyo has the skills to beat the one-hit wonder ex-champion and should outbox him to win a unanimous decision. Sithyodtong won the WBA super bantamweight title from Yober Ortega in Feb. 2002 and lost his first defense to Osamu Sato of Japan.

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Peter/Toney Ii: Peter Has The Brutal Punch



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, 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



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


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

Jr. Featherweight

Somsak Sithchatchawal (Thailand) #4


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


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

Jr. Flyweight

Koki Kameda (Japan) #1


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



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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