On the undercard, Ryo Miyazaki met Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. It was Miyazaki’s first fight back at 108, having previously dropped down to 105, where he won the WBA strawweighttitle. Miyazaki was expected to have his way with his 20 year old Thai opponent.
On the outside looking in, it appeared more of a walkout bout for Miyazaki, designed to get him ranked at junior flyweight. After all, Sakkreerin didn’t seem to have the experience or power to cause a shock. When you factor in that he never fought outside Thailand and Thai fighters are notoriously bad travelers, Miyazaki was expected to take the victory.
Well, as we know, things are never this simple in boxing. Sakkreerin, 23-2 (15), clearly wasn’t reading from the same script as anyone else, dropping Miyazaki with a three-punch combination. Though the favoured Japanese fighter rose, he was visibly shaken, prompting referee Yuji Fukuchi to wave off proceedings at 2.22 of the third round.
Promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang would reveal that even Sakkreerin’s father, the former IBF strawweight champion of the same name, doubted his son’s chances. “His father told him it is hard to beat Miyazaki. And his father told him if he wanted to win, he must be clever and [use] a good technique.”
“I was the promoter of his father. Now I am the promoter of his son. I see his development from a boy to a man.” said Chaichotchuang. “He is ready to face a tough opponent and become a world-class champion. I want him to fight any champion in the IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO. He will prove if he will be the best, pound-for-pound, in the junior flyweight division.”
While Sakkreerin is currently ranked number six at 108 pounds by the IBF due to his win over Miyazaki, the former WBA strawweight champion will likely advance his claims in their next ratings.
Anson Wainwright - You knocked out Ryo Miyazaki in three rounds. Can you tell us about that fight?
Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. - I prepared two months for that fight. I want to win the fight. I see [Miyazaki]’s open in round three and I throw a good shot. I know if Miyazaki continued the fight, I would knock him down again.
AW - What has that win done for your career?
FS - The world will look to me because I beat the WBA unbeaten [strawweight]champion. I will fight for the world championship soon.
AW - Beating Miyazaki in that manner has put you in the shop window at 108. What are your goals for this year? How far do you think you may be from being ready for a world title fight?
FS - I want to be the world champion. I am ready now. I wait to see the opportunity. I won’t miss it.
AW – Previously, you had lost twice. Can you tell us how those losses helped you?
FS - I learned from my two losses. I accepted the losses and they will not happen again.
AW - Who are the members of your team? Also where do you train? What other pros do you train with?
FS - My first trainer was Ryan Munton from England. My trainer now is Francisco Warren from the Philippines. I train at Sakkreerin Boxing Gym. I train with Amant Ruenroemg, the IBF number seven ranked flyweight and former Olympian.
AW - The training in Thailand is supposed to be very tough. Can you tell us about your training?
FS - I train about three-and-a-half hours. One hour in the morning and two-and-a-half hours in the afternoon. If you train hard in the gym, it makes it easy in the ring. I train hard every day.
AW - Can you tell us about your early years?
FS - My childhood was simple and normal.
AW - How did you become interested in boxing? Did you do Muay Thai before becoming a boxer?
FS - My father is a well-known world champion (Fahlan Sr. held the IBF strawweight crown for two-and-a-half years, making seven title defenses). He is my idol in boxing. I wanted to be a boxer like him. I only had three Muay Thai fights. I do not remember why I chose to fight my first fight in Muay Thai.
AW - Your father, Fahlan Sr. held the IBF strawweight title in the 1990s. What influence has he had on your career?
FS - I want to be half of a father/son world champion team. My father didn’t not think I would win the Miyazaki fight. I was happy to win it.
AW - What do you enjoy doing away from boxing? What are your hobbies, interests, etc.?
FS - I love reading and I like to watch action movies.
AW – Lastly, do you have a message for the junior flyweight division?
FS - I want to be the best in the junior flyweight division. I want to fight all the champions at junior flyweight.
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