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Thailand update!

Nanthachai and Kietyongyuth in action

By Alexey Sukachev

It has been confirmed today, that two of the most notable names on Thai fight scene, junior welterweight Yodsonan Sor Nanthachai (58-3-1, 47 KOs) and lightweight Saddam Kietyongyuth (18-0, 14 KOs), would see action in separate promotions this May. Both fighters are promoted by AsiaBox Promotions and are scheduled to take on their toughest opponents in recent years.

On May 2, at Civic Center in Hurtsville, Australia, WBC #19 Kietyongyuth collides with locally-based Filipino Ranee Ganoy (25-11-2, 21 KOs) for a vacant IBF Pan Pacific 135lb belt. Ganoy, 29, is best known for his upset kayo victory over ex-champion Robbie Peden. In his last bout Ganoy lost via fourth-round TKO to Equadorian Fernando Angulo in the IBF eliminator for the #2 spot; Angulo had notably been overweight in that fight. 26-year old Saddam looked sensational last year stopping several sound opponents, including Jimrex Jaca of Philippines and (then 36-1-2) Indonesian Alexander Bajawa.

Two weeks later, on May 15, WBA #8 light welterweight Yodsonan Sor Nanthachai will clash against tough Russian banger Sergey Sorokin (28-1-1, 19 KOs) over a vacant WBO intercontinental title. This fight will be featured on a huge Arena Box Promotions card in Saarbruecken, Germany, which will also include the WBC cruiserweight eliminator between Herbie Hide (47-4, 42 KOs) and Matt Godfrey (18-1, 10 KOs) and the heavyweight match-up between Denis Bakhtov (28-5, 18 KOs) and undefeated prospect Steffen Kretschmann (13-0, 12 KOs). Nanthachai, former WBA super featherweight beltholder, is 14-0 with 11 KOs since losing his title to Vicente Mosquera in 2005, while Sergey Sorokin’s decision loss to Juan Urango is dated by June 2004.




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