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Mexican vs Filipino Déjà vu–Jorge Arce vs Nonito Donaire

Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire defends his WBO junior featherweight crown against Jorge “Travieso” Arce Saturday, December 15 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

Not sure what the thinking is by having this fight in Houston other than a good deal on the venue and enough fight fans in the megapolis to raise some ruckus at the gate. Plenty of Mexicanos around the Houston area and Arce has become something of a Mexican legend as one of the most active, all action, big slugging fighters of his era, 61-6-2, 46 KO. His dizzying title record is 24-4 in 5 different weight classes as he keeps on keeping on a roll.

Now he’s queued up against a Ring P4Per and Filipino legend in the making, Nonito Donaire who is coming off a spectacular win over Japanese legend, Toshiaki Nishioka, knocking him down twice before the TKO stoppage. For purists, it started as a cautious cat and mouse game as Donaire switched to the orthodox stance to carefully pile up points on the puzzled Nishoka who cautiously avoided whatever trap Donaire was trying to set. Then they started to trade which lead to the 1st knockdown, a beautiful left hook to the body followed by a left uppercut that put the Japanese champion down. Nishioka easily beat the count and continued to pick his own big shots, but to no avail. After knocking Donaire into the ropes, he rushed in for the finish and was caught by a picture perfect short right hand, and that was that when he got up unsteady and his corner waved the white towel of surrender.

With only 31 fights and still fresh from his stylish boxer/puncher form at age 30, it stands to reason that Donaire, 30-1, 19 KO will be the big favorite over the aging Arce who has 70 really tough mano a mano fights on his odometer at 33 years of age.

What could prove troublesome is that Donaire will be only two months removed from his last fight, a dangerous scheduling move against the big punching Arce who has defied dwindling expectations before with big knockouts. Most recently he knocked highly regarded Wilfredo Vazquez Jr stupid last year for the stoppage and his 5th title whereas Donaire struggled to a split decision win over Vazquez to open this year. Donaire then endured a bruising battle against the huge Jeffrey Mathebula before the Nishioka fight, so oddly enough he may not be as fresh as Arce who has fought lower tier opposition this year, an easy year for him so far.

Of course Donaire can easily box and move Arce around to win on points, but this kid has big money dreams and wants to look spectacular, thus the inherent danger in this bout.

Perhaps even more dangerous is Donaire’s use of convicted BALCO felon, Victor Conte, who has him on some two dozen various pills and concoctions to be downed at timed intervals during the day. When Conte’s other client, Andre Berto tested positive for trace steroids, well, rats are always the first to jump sinking vessels and Conte was nowhere to be found to stick up for his client.

It would be a major shame if Donaire became tarnished because of this association, but it is what it is and such is the current state of boxing with another BALCO drug peddler, Angel Heredia AKA Angel Hernandez, training Juan Manuel Marquez who has taken some considerable stick over his newly ripped musculature. He also works with Arce, begging the questions.

Shouldn’t these new age witch doctors of alchemy be forced to register the contents of these newly created snake oils transforming this new breed of supermen? Could the trainers pass WADA/VADA/USADA drug testing? How about the honchos that run the myriad of boxing orgs and promotions, could they? The media? The fans? The testers?

The short answer is, “No.”

CANCELLED-PK fail medical>>>-The undercard is a boxing purist dream come true with Cuban Olympic Boxing legend Guillermo Rigondeaux, 11-0, 8 KO, goes against a modern Thai legend, Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym, 48-2, 33 KO, a classic example of when numbers can lie absent context. Rigondeaux is a two time Olympic gold medalist with some 400 amateur fights to add on to his spare 59 professional rounds boxed and 5 WBA superbanty title wins. Kratingdaenggym was matched hard from his pro start in the very competitive Thai boxing system with too many PABA and other regional title bouts to count, but also sporting a 4-1 record of the belt that Rigondeaux currently owns to go with his 339 pro rounds.

CANCELLED-PK fail medical>>>-Two more contrasting systems in the boxing world cannot be found, and now they’ll be clashing. Smart money is on Rigondeaux who will be the money fighter in his newly adopted homeland, so it’s up to Kratingdaenggym to take the fight to him and either show substantial class over him and still risk losing the decision, or knock him cold, the closest thing to a guaranteed win in sports which makes boxing in a class unto itself.

Santa really did come early to December in the boxing world with too many good and great matchups to count, not the least of which was the Pacquiao/Marquez shocker that knocked the known universe into a wobble on it’s axis. Now we reprise another classic Mexican vs Filipino matchup, a great way for boxing to close out the year for a change, so cheers to that and bottoms up, it’s déjà all over again!

Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, World’s #1 Superflyweight

Another Thai boxer will be the top fighter this coming weekend, longtime WBC flyweight champ, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam who will defend his title against Thai compatriot, Surivan Por Chokchai in Thailand.

Just this last week, the other top Thai fighter, Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym shockingly dropped his WBA Superbanty title to Japanese fighter, Ryol Li Lee in an away defense in Toyko, Japan.

The “fancy dan” fashion in which Lee sprang the upset on Kratingdaenggym may have been questionable, but in the comfortable confines of Thailand, it is highly unlikely a fighter could pull off such a stunt against a Thai legend that Wonjongkam has become.

Chokchai is a very young 21 yrs old with nothing in his record suggesting he would even be a favorite against a top 10 contender, much less the Ring champ and ranked p4per that is Wonjongkam at this point in his career.

Ring Champ

Ring Champ

However, Wonjongkam has the wear and tear of being 33 yrs of age with 80 pro fights and 521 rounds chalked up in a long career. There is an old saying old salts are want to quote that sometimes a fighter ages overnight come fight night.

Chokchai is extremely fresh and very hungry compared to the old mossback Wonjongkam, but he has little demonstrated power which has been the traditional preferred way to pull off the upset. He would have to pull off a fancy dance combined with eye catching counters to have any chance of upsetting the applecart, but stranger things have happened.

Regardless, from my perspective, it’s been a great opportunity to get these little Thai warriors out in a public cyberspace for some well deserved plaudits in a slow period of activity for top fighters.

These little champs like to fight often and risk much by putting everything on the line against less than stellar competition, but they always make up for it by eventually going up against the best and prevailing as any quick glance at their records will show.

It may be difficult to catch this fight, but at least you’ve been alerted to what may well turn into a war for as long as it lasts.

Tough Thai Battle

Tough Thai Battle

World’s #1 Superbanty, Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym

Born Prakorb Udomna, Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym is a Thai bred in the Thai tradition of renaming boxers after the hard as nails boxing gyms they came up in.

Ring #1

Ring #1

From the western perspective, Thai fighters can be maddeningly frustrating to rate or talk about since they represent the exotic, largely unseen Asian boxing world with incomprehensible foreign names primarily fighting unknown Asian journeymen in tiny weight classes unfamiliar to most of the world.

Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym is one of the best of those Asian practioners, owning a 41-1, 29 KO record as the #1 ranked superbanty in both the Ring and Boxrec ratings.

Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan might quarrel with that being being  #2 in both rankings, but alas, we have to wait for for the Ring championship match where the winner of #1 vs #2 is awarded  the prestigious Ring Belt as it should be.

So the few hardcore aficionados will have to make do with with PK defending his WBA title against one Ryol Li Lee of Japan, a prime career featherweight who is moving down 4 lbs for his first title challenge. This will be PK’s 4th fight outside of Thailand, the others being in Hamburg, Germany, Dublin, Ireland, and Tokyo, Japan where he returns Saturday.

Been There, Dunne That!

Been There, Dunne That!

This should be pretty much a gimmee defense for PK since Lee has nowhere near the experience of class. I’ve learned though that you can never dismiss Japanese fighters so easily as they have a proud boxing tradition to call upon and this is a high profile Japanese fight. I expect Lee to give it his all and more, maybe much, much more.

Ring #2

Ring #2

Toshiaki Nishioka has a much more difficult task ahead of him on paper. He will be defending his WBC title against a prime, extremely strong up and comer, the British hope, Rendall Munroe on the 24th of October. If he makes it past Munroe and PK is successful, it seems natural that the Ring Championship should be next in the Tokyo queue early next year.

This is boxing however, and sometimes the best bouts simply don’t get made because of a myriad of politics and nationalism.

We can always dream and hope for the best however, so if you can catch the Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym title defense in Japanese time or catch the replay, it might be well worth it to see a top Thai fighter in action.

PK Applecart Upended by RLi Lee!

PK Applecart Upended by RLi Lee!