Tough for Oledong Unbeaten Oledong Sithsamerchai is set for the toughest fight of his career when he defends his WBC strawweight title against Juan Palacios on November 27. The mouthwatering bout is set to take place in Pathum Thani and will be the Thai's first mandatory defence.
Nicaraguan Palacios, who holds the "interim" belt, is rated as one of the most dangerous fighters in the 105-pound division.
He has recorded 26 wins against only two losses and has ended 21 fights by knockout.
"It is going to be Oledong's hardest fight by far," said promoter Piyarat.
"Palacios fights well with both hands but Oledong is more skilled."
His boxer, 24, holds a record of 32 wins with 12KOs.
Trang-born Oledong won the title in November 2007 when he took a unanimous point victory over Japan-based compatriot Eagle Den Junlaphan in Bangkok.
His latest defence was an 11th round win over Muhammad Rachman in Phuket in May.
Palacios holds a stoppage win over Puerto Rico's Omar Soto, who Oledong outpointed in an eliminator for the title in April 2007.
Piyarat said he hopes local support will enable the Thai to keep hold of his belt.
In another development, featherweight Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo is likely to challenge WBC champion Elio Rojas for the 126-pound belt in Thailand. The fight is likely to be confirmed by the WBC at this week's summit in Korea and is planned to take place in January.
"Everything is sorted out and only needs WBC approval," said promoter Pariyakorn Rattanasuban
Ranked fifth on the division, 24-year-old Chonlatarn is unbeaten after winning 31 contests with 17KOs. The 27-year-old Dominican comes equipped with 21 wins (13KOs) against one loss. He just won the belt in July with a unanimous points win over Japan's Takahiro Aoh in Japan.
Prior to the championship fight, Chonlatarn is scheduled to meet Jun Talape of the Philippines in a defence of his ABCO featherweight title on Friday. The fight will be live on Channel 7 from 3pm.