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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!