By Derek Bonnett: The 2012 boxing year has come to a close for On the Move. When next we meet, it will be 2013 and the hopes for a prosperous New Year in the pugilistic sense will be on our minds. If you have not already, please be sure to check out the SecondsOut End of the Year awards compiled by our staff of writers and editors. Also soon to come will be my 2013 prognostications of Five World Champions Who Will Remain and Five Champion Who Will Go. The coming week closely a truly exceptional year in the sport of boxing, but there are great prospects on the horizon. What might 2013 hold for us insatiable aficionados of leather swapping? Perhaps we will see our heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko threatened with a competitive match-up? Will boxing’s thrill-a-minute champion Sergio Martinez finally be kept on the canvas? Will Adrien Broner or Nonito Donaire find themselves in legitimate Super Fights? Can lighter weight fighters like Leo Santa Cruz continue to share the spotlight with the bigger men of the sport and remain shiny diamonds in the rough? Whatever 2013 might bring, boxing fans the world over can rely upon SecondsOut for up to the minute reporting as the best in the business remain On the Move.
On Friday, December 28, at Chom Thong District Office, Bangkok, Thailand, Oleydong Sithsamerchai kept busy by unanimously outpointing Danilo Pena in a six-round bantamweight bout. Sithsamerchai, a former world champion at 105, won for the sixth time in 2012 and raised his record to 45-1-1 (16). Pena fell to 26-15-2 (11).
Sithsamerchai kept his SecondsOut number six ranking at 115-pounds, but he will need to step it up in 2013 if he is to make a serious run for the top spot in the division.
Also on the card, former 108-pound titlist, Kompayak Porpramook scored a second round KO of Kongpipop Sithpracha in a scheduled six-round flyweight tune-up bout. Porpramook fought for the fifth time in 2012 and raised his ledger to 48-4 (33). Sithpracha made his professional debut on record and fell to 0-1.
Porpramook remained the SecondsOut number four contender at 108 as he put two wins between he and his most recent loss to Adrian Hernandez. A third bout to break the series 1-1 tie is likely for 2013.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, January 6:
On Monday, December 31:
At Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan: Takashi Uchiyama versus Bryan Vasquez in a twelve round WBA super featherweight title bout; Yota Sato versus Ryo Akaho in a twelve round WBC super flyweight title bout; Tepparith Singwancha versus Kohei Kono in a twelve round WBA super flyweight title bout
At Bodymaker Colosseum, Osaka, Osaka, Japan: Kazuto Ioka versus Jose Alfredo Rodriguez in a twelve round vacant WBA junior flyweight title bout
On Saturday, January 5:
At Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan: Akira Yaegashi versus Saenmuangloei Kokietgym in a ten round flyweight bout
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