Thai fighter WBA Champion Thammanoon Niyomtrong (18 – 0 – 0, 7KO), ‘better known as Knockout CP Freshmart’, faces quality former Champion from Nicaragua Byron Rojas (25 – 3 – 3, 11KO) on November 29th in a re-match at a location in Thailand. Their 1st encounter was close, where all three Judges had it 115 – 113, all going to Freshmart for the close unanimous decision.
In America, undefeated Filipino super-talent Mark Anthony Barriga (9 – 0 – 0, 1KO) will get a shot at his 1st world title on the undercard of Tyson Fury/Deontay Wilder Saturday night against also-undefeated American Carlos Licona (13 – 0 – 0, 2KO), this being for the vacant IBF Minimumweight title. Although void of power, Barriga is every bit as good as any fighter in the division, and in many ways, draws some unusual and interesting parallels with legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. in terms of the style of skill-set that each operates/operated with. Elsewhere, top-5 Minimumweight Simphiwe Khonco (19 – 5 – 0, 7KO) of South Africa,will fight Filipino Joey Canoy (14 – 3 – 1, 7KO) in South Africa on Sunday, December 2nd with the Khonco’s secondary IBO title on the line.