Breaking news is the announcement that Philippines Mark John Yap will fight in Bangkok later this month for the WBC Lightweight crown.
Cagayan de Oro product Yap will challenge Thailand champion Apichet Petchmanee (15-1) for the belt that he secured back in late 2022. Petchmanee has been very dominant at home, and suffered his lone points loss abroad at Korakuen Hall against the outstanding Japanese boxer Katsuya Yasuda (10-0)
Mark John Yap has been a revelation since fighting Charly Suarez in Manila one year ago. He had previously done his best work at Bantamweight and was contemplating retirement, but rose to meet Suarez at 130lb.
Despite losing that contest, Yap looked in great touch, and is unbeaten in 4 subsequent fights.
He has defied the stigma of increasing weight, but Petchmanee looms as his first serious test at 135lb.
Mark John Yap v Apichet Petchmanee
WBC ASIA TITLE
September 30th Bangkok, Thailand