WBC Mini Champ Pradabsri and Moonsri in rematch on Tuesday!

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By Ken Hissner: Thailand’s Chayaphon Moonsri was 54-0 when he defended his WBC Minimum title against Thai opponent Panya Pradabsri who was 34-1, on November 27, 2020 when he lost on all maps 115-113 , at City Hall Ground, Nakhon, Sawan, Thailand.

In Thailand, the boxing commission is out of the travel agency or something. For example, Moonsri had one fight after that, a third-round knockout against Jinnawat Rienpit, 2-3.

Moonsri has beaten 17 opponents with losing records, 2 making their debut and one with a .500 record. In March 2007, he won the WBC Youth World Mini title in his third fight, stopping Yiming Ma, 0-1, in the first round, followed by eight defenses.

At 11-0, Moonsri defeated Filipino Jayson Rotoni, 10-3-1, to win the interim WBC International Mini World title by decision in Bangkok, Thailand.

After two defenses, Moonsri won the vacant WBC International Silver Mini title by TD12 over Filipino Remy Cuambot, 7-5-2, moving to 15-0. He defended this title 3 times and won the vacant WBC Mini title again by beating Filipino Crison Omayao, 13-2-1.

In November 2014, more than 7 years after turning pro, Moonsri, at 35-0, defeated Mexico’s WBC Mini world champion Oswaldo Novoa, 14-4-1, who was unable to continue after nine rounds. He made 12 successful title defenses when he first lost to Pradabsri. He had won 6 non-title fights before that after winning the world title.

Some of Moonsri’s best opponents were Filipino Jeffrey Galero, 11-0, South Korean Young Gil Bae, 26-4-1, Mexican Saul Juarez, 23-4-1, Filipino Melvin Jerusalem, 11-0, Tanzanian Omari Kimweri, 16 years old. -3, over Australia, Japan’s Tatsuya Fukuhara, 19-5, Panama’s Leroy Estrada, 16-2, Filipino Pedro Taduran, 12-1, Fukuhara again and finally South Africa’s Simpiwe Konkco, 19-5 before losing for the first time.

At 36, Moonsri is looking to regain his title on Tuesday, March 29. Looking back, one wonders if he made the right decision to earn a living as a boxer, after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bangkokthonburi University. He started as a Muay Thai fighter at age 13, helping his family financially. He turned professional as a boxer at age 21 to make his animated hood.

Moonsri’s opponent, Pradabsri, is 31 with a 37-1 (23) record, having turned pro in January 2014. He won his first title in his fourth fight beating Indonesia’s Ardi Tefa, 4- 0, for the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Mini title. He won the WBO Oriental Mini title in his tenth fight, beating Filipino Jaysever Abcede, 10-3. In his fifteenth fight, he won the PABA Mini title in October 2016, defeating Indonesian Heri Amol, 37-29-5.

At 18-0, Pradabsri lost for the first and so far only time to China’s Chaozhong Xiong, 26-7-1, at The Gym at Daytong, Daytong, China by majority decision. Xiong, in his next fight, lost to WBA Mini world champion Thammanoon Niyomtrong, 17-0, of Thailand, and retired.

Other Mini world title holders are IBF world champion Rene “Mighty Mouse” Curato, 20-2-2 (11), of the Philippines, who last fought in February 2022, and WBO world champion Masataka Taniguchi, 15-3 (10), of Japan, who won the title in December 2021 and defends in April.

Hopefully IBF’s Curato and WBO’s Taniguchi will meet to unify and the winner of Tuesday’s winner in Thailand against WBA’s Niyomtrong for unification.

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