By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
IBF #7 Mike Tawatchai (44-10-1) will clash with IBF #3 Terrence Doheny (17-0) in an IBF jr featherweight eliminator on Wednesday at Suanlum Night Bazaar, Bangkok, Thailand. Tawatchai also boxed Shingo Wake in an eliminator in Japan in 2015, so this is the second chance for Tawatchai. This time, he’s happy the fight in his homeland. Doheny was originally scheduled to fight Evgeny Gradovich in Russia but he unfortunately had a vision problem. Dohney trained for many months and was ready to fight for this eliminator so Tawatchai was the replacement.
Jimmy Chaichotchuang, the leading IBF promoter in Thailand, said this will be an exciting fight for both boxers and boxing fans.
“Doheny has an unbeaten record and is a southpaw. Tawatchai is a world class boxer and veteran boxer. Especially, we are very pleased to welcome IBF President Daryl Peoples, who will attend the fight and the IBF Muay Thai Convention in Bangkok on December 21.
“Muay Thai is a popular sport and the IBF will establish IBF Muay Thai to assist professional Muay Thai to the world.
“We will have three IBF Muay Thai title fights. At welterweight between Pinngern Sithchefbuntam and Pinklao Bangkoknoiresort on December 20, and another two title fight on December 21 will be staged at the first Muay Thai boxing stadium, which celebrates the 72nd anniversary of Rajchandamnoen Stadium. Muay Thai Superstar Seksan Oakwanmuang vs. Panpayak Sithchefbuntam at lightweight, and Petchuthong Oakwanmuang vs. Kaona PK Sangchaimuayhaigym at junior lightweight.
“We would like to thank Mr. Suwat Liptapanlop, the ex-deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, who supports all IBF activities for many years.”