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East Meets West in War – Nishioka vs Munroe

Englishman Rendall Munroe is making the grandest journey of his life when he flies over to Tokyo, Japan  to do battle against WBC superbanty champion Toshiaki Nishioka. Now, try repeating that name in fast sequence without becoming tongue tied.

Rendall Munroe

Rendall Munroe

Munroe is a solid, very physically strong fighter and the younger man at age 30, but he might have better luck at tongue twisties than trying to dethrone a vastly more experienced Nishioka who is additionally backed by genuine 10 count, one shot power, the likes of which Munroe has never tasted in his career. 

Munroe has never been knocked out though, so the hope is that his strength, youth, and pressuring, busy style will win the day over the older champ. He’s been quite successful at the regional level against mixed British and Europeans, 21-1, 9KO, but this is a new game for him entirely, opened up when he knocked out Victor Terrazas in a WBC title eliminator this year.

Munroe is an engaging, popular little guy, holding down a full time job as a binman, but has taken time off from his work to train properly for his biggest challenge yet. I recall reading an interview of his promoter, Frank Maloney, where they relocated to Spain to run the mountains to prepare for the thin air of Tokyo. Thing is, Tokyo is not much higher than sea level, so unless they will be fighting on Mount Fuji at 12,000’ or one of the smaller mountains, one has to wonder what the Munroe team game plan really is and is it sensible?

The 34 yr old Nishioka doesn’t sport the most impressive record at 36-4-3, 23 KO, but 2 of those losses came as a teenager coming up in a tough Japanese system, and the other 2 losses came in 4 fights against Thai legend, Veeraphol Sahaprom. Nishioka is a graduate of the school of hard knocks for sure and unbeaten in 13 fights since. That 5 of his last 6 fights were early stoppages tells me that he’s at the apex of his career.

Toshiaki Nishioka

Toshiaki Nishioka

Nishioka is also a very engaging, happy go lucky type of guy who hardly looks the role of a championship fighter unlike the hardman that “The Battling Binman” Munroe projects in the ring, but deceptive looks out of his lefty stance only serve to mask his killer left hand, so Munroe is fixin’ to get the chin check of his young life in this one.

The undercard looks exciting with the undefeated former WBA strawweight champ, Roman Gonzalez, challenging for the WBA junior flyweight title against Francisco Rosas. Also, former two division champ, Jorge Linares is trying to line up a title shot in his 3rd division by taking on the always game, former lightweight champ, Jesus Chavez who’s also looking for another title shot.

Beware though, this card takes place on a Sunday, Japanese time, so don’t let it slip by if you truly value some quality action fights.

Here's a Poke in the Bin

Here's a Poke in the Bin

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!