By: Nick Skok
ONE Championship announced via their website that they’ll be hosting a major card in Bangkok on October 6th headlined by Thailand’s favorite son, WBC super flyweight champion, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.
The last time we saw the exciting puncher, he was defending his title for the third time against Young Gil Bae, whom he dealt with faster than his mother can grill a delicious street rat. The bout ended in a first round TKO.
Up next on the hit list is Mexican journeyman Iran Diaz (14-2-3, 6 knockouts). It’s been an up and down career for Diaz. He went the distance and won a unanimous decision against Luis Concepcion but was knocked out out against a quality Nordine Oubaali, who happens to be in line to fight for the vacant WBC bantamweight strap.
After three grueling fights, including two against former pound for pound king Roman Gonzalez, nobody can blame the reigning Ring Magazine champion for staying busy (this’ll be his third fight this year) but taking those matchups at home against opposition that isn’t quite up to par with the Thai beast.
When you’re at the top of the totem pole it comes with a price. Champion Jerwin Ancajas has his hopes on an eventual title unification fight against Srisaket. This weekend will also see participants gunning for the champ at Super Fly 3. Kazuto Ioka will take on McWilliams Arroyo for the WBC silver title. The WBC could make that winner Srisaket’s mandatory. Donnie Nietes will also see action on the card against Aston Palicte for the vacant WBO title and may want to make an unification like Ancajas. I think if you asked “el Gallo” Estrada if he’d like a rematch with Srisaket, he’ll give you a welcome answer.
The super flyweight division is alive again and will continue to thrive as long as the golden era of quality fighters, like the ones mentioned above, keep facing each other. Truly, every time they go out there, they leave it all on the line. Expect Srisaket in a bigger fight in the first quarter of next year, possibly against one of the Super Fly 3 participants from this weekend’s upcoming card but in the meantime enjoy what should be another entertaining Thai knockout performance on October 6th.
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