In Thailand boxing is seen as a job however they do have a number of rising fighters that may well seek to make a real name for themselves. One such fighter was the previously unbeaten Petchbodin Por Nobnom (9-1, 6).

Petchbodin had started his boxing career back in 2010 and in just his 7th professional bout he claimed the vacant PABA Lightweight title thanks to a 2nd round TKO victory over Afrizal Cotto (no relation to Miguel). Although he didn't fight t all in 2011 he returned to the ring earlier this year and bagged 2 more victories to move to 9-0 (6) and he was expected to move to 10-0 when he met Jen Yu Jia (2-3, 1).

Unlike Petchbobin, Jen Yu Jia wasn't expected to make a name for himself inside the ring. He only turned professional earlier this year though had really struggled to even claim a victory in his first 4 fights, needing a favourable split decision over Saksri Petchtwin Gym (who had already beaten Jia) to get his first win.

Surprisingly the Chinese born, Thai based Jia managed to defeat Petchbodin thanks to a cut based TKO giving Petchbodin his first loss in 10 bouts and Jia's first stoppage win in 5.

In Thailand, unlike the west, an early career loss doesn't spell the end so expect Petchbodin to return to the ring sooner rather than later, however this is a set back for the Thai.

Note-Sadly Afrizal Cotto passed away earlier, his death was sadly from his injuries suffered in the ring against Irvan Barita Marbun in his native Indonesia.
 


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