By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Unbeaten bantamweight Tantontong Kiattaweesuk (18-0, 12 KOs) will defend the IBF Pan Pacific title against Rafael Pangaribuan (12-4-2, 5 KOs) in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday, despite the ongoing clashes between the Red Shirt protesters and the Thailand Army and Police. IBF #12 Kiattweesuk is chasing a shot at the IBF 118 pound champion Yonny Perez of Mexico.
“Pangaribuan gave world rated WBC #6 Duangpetch Kokietgym (45-1) a tough fight recently in Bangkok and promises to be a good test for Kiattaweesuk,” said IBF Asia Promoter Of The Year Jimmy Chaichotchuang. “There has been protests in the streets of Bangkok that has resulted in 36 deaths and it is hoped that the conclusion of the deaths and the protest is coming soon.”
Chaichotchuang continued, “Even if the protest is limited to small part of Bangkok, it makes for a bad image of Thailand. For most people who live in Bangkok, this does not affect and change their life. My fight is in Bangkok and we still continue to promote the fight without any problems. We hope to recover everything in peace.”