Panya Pradabsri a.k.a. Petchmanee CP Freshmart gets a new late change of opponents as Norihito Tanaka steps in for Tsubasa Koura to challenge him for his WBC mini-flyweight title. Does it matter? The Freshmart vs Tanaka odds should still heavily favor the Thai boxer who has not tasted defeat in over five years. It’s business as usual for Freshmart as he looks to send his Japanese challenger packing.
Freshmart vs Tanaka Fight Info
- Boxers: Petchmanee CP Freshmart (c) (38-1-0, 23 KOs) vs Norihito Tanaka (20-8-0, 10 KOs)
- Location: Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
- Broadcast: TBD
Freshmart to Entertain the Locals, Again
It will be tough for Pradabsri to follow up his war with his archnemesis, Chayaphon Moonsri a.k.a. Wanheng Menayothin. Earlier this year, the two went at it in what was one of the best boxing matches of the year. Against Tanaka, the match should not be as dramatic though Freshmart fans can still enjoy some clinical boxing from the champ. The Freshmart vs Tanaka odds will likely be one-sided if they open.
Pradabsri bears up every challenger lined up in front of him. Fair play, most of the opponents he’s taking on are local boxers who are out of their league. But as he proved in his pair of bouts with Menayothin, he is not a paper champion. Betting boxing tips will likely call for Pradabsri to be thrown into a parlay as he will be a runaway favorite when the lines are opened.
The travesty for Pradabsri is how most of the world does not even know he exists. He can whip up on on Tanaka in Thailand, which is where all but one of his 39 bouts have been on. The only time he did not fight in Thailand, he lost to Xiong Chaozhong.
Still, Pradabsri is considered one of the two best strawweights in the world by outlets like BoxRec and The Ring. What Pradabsri needs is to fight in front of a bigger audience against a fellow champion. But with little news here, fans can watch him beat up another little-known challenger as a consolation.
Tanaka Takes Another Shot at a Freshmart
This is not Tanaka’s first attempt at fighting a “Freshmart”. The Japanese boxer already tried his hand against Thammanoon Niyomtrong a.k.a. Knockout CP Freshmart. He lost that bout handily and will once again be a big underdog per the Freshmart vs Tanaka odds.
Tanaka bounced back from his loss against Niyomtrong with a sound decision over journeyman Yuni Takada. It was nothing more than a tune-up fight to get him back in the win column. Now, he gets another shot at a belt though it will likely be in vain.
The thing with Tanaka is, that he does not have the power or speed to threaten Pradabsri. He has a few TKOs on his resume – 50 percent of his wins – with the most notable being against Shin Ono. Still, his compatriot is levels below Pradabsri and it’s why you’ll be hard-pressed to find pro boxing odds lining this bout.
The best Tanaka could do is to put on a show and ingratiate himself to Thai fans. Against Niyomtrong, Tanaka got bullied in certain spots as he let him literally push him around. Pradabsri is a bit more calculated and likes to measure his shots. If Tanaka is tentative, Pradabsri will light him up. He’s stepping in on short notice so he should come into the ring with nothing to lose.Follow us on Twitter