Former WBC 115lbs champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai will return against ex-world title holder Kwanthai Sithmorseng at the Workpoint Studio in Pathum Thani, Thailand, on March 13.
Stiff-hitting southpaw Srisaket (49-5-1, 42 KOs) is aiming to get back into the world title picture after forfeiting his WBC crown against Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada in April 2019.
Kwanthai (aka Ekkawit Songnui) is a former WBA minimumweight champion, but now in the veteran stage at 38. The fighter from Trang, Thailand, brings a 50-7-1, 27 KOs record, but has been stopped in four of his last seven contests.
The bout will be broadcast globally on DAZN (excluding Thailand).
Srisaket, from Si Sa Ket in Isan, Thailand, is next in line to face the winner of the 115lbs unification bout between WBC king Estrada and WBA ‘Super’ champion Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez, who rematch later on March 13 (US time) almost seven-and-a-half years after their original meeting won by the Nicaraguan. Srisaket has already beaten Gonzalez twice and split a two-fight series with Estrada.
“I cannot wait to fight against the winner of Chocolatito and Estrada later this year to show the world that I am the top fighter in super-flyweight. I would like to thank WBC and Eddie Hearn for committing to make this happen next,” said Srisaket.
“I will show the world in this fight against Kwanthai Sithmorseng that I am more than ready to face either Chocolatito or Estrada for the third time. I know that Kwanthai is very experienced. He is a former world champion and also the current Thailand’s champion in super-flyweight. He cannot be taken lightly, but I will be impressive and I will win by KO.
“It is exciting to be fighting on the same day as Chocolatito vs Estrada as it will be a great set up for our next fight. Thank you Matchroom, DAZN, and WP Boxing for this great opportunity.”
Kwanthai added: “Srisaket Sor Rungvisai is the best fighter in Thailand, and he has done a great job for putting Thailand on the global boxing map by knocking out the legendary Roman Gonzalez. I have much respect for him and I also realise that this is such a great opportunity for me to be back at the world stage.
“This can be a life changing opportunity for me. If I beat Rungvisai in this fight, I can get a chance to fight against the top guys in the division in world title fights. I will do whatever it takes to make that happen.
“I was a world champion once myself and I have long experience in the ring, so Rungvisai cannot intimidate me. I will train very hard to shock the world.”
In the co-main event. ‘Rock Man’ Chainoi Worawut (13-0-1, 12 KOs) will defend his WBC Asia super-bantamweight title against two-time WBO bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (54-9, 36 KOs).