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Pro Boxing Returns to the United Kingdom, Thailand, and Latvia
Pictured: 22-year-old Brad "The Blade" Foster

During the two-day period of Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 12, professional boxing took place in the United Kingdom, Thailand, and Latvia for the first time since March. Brad Foster, Hamzah Sheeraz, Phoobadin Yoohanngoh (AKA Sangarthit Looksaikongdin), Arnon Yupang, and Arturs Gorlovs scored notable victories.

Friday, July 10, 2020-

BT Sport Studio, Stratford, London, England-

Commonwealth and BBBofC British Super Bantamweight Titles-
Champion Brad Foster (WBC #31; 13-0-2, 5 KOs)
Unan. Dec. 12
James Beech Jnr (12-1, 2 KOs)
- Foster-Beech was the main event on the first professional boxing card held in the United Kingdom since March 14. (Note: there was an amateur boxing card held in the U.K. on March 16.)
- The scores were 116-113, 117-111, and 117-111.

WBO Europe Junior Middleweight Title-
Champion Hamzah Sheeraz (WBO **; 11-0, 7 KOs)
TKO-6 3:00
Paul Kean (12-2, 1 KO)
- The WBO lists Sheeraz with the ** designation immediately below their top 15 junior middleweight contenders.
- Sheeraz floored Kean in the first round.

Saturday, July 11, 2020-

Suamlum Night Bazaar, Ratchadaphisek, Bangkok, Thailand-

Vacant WBA Asia Super Lightweight Title-
Phoobodin Yoohanngoh (AKA Sangarthit Looksaikongin; 9-0, 4 KOs)
Unan. Dec. 10
Somboon Meesitdee (AKA Kulabdam Sor Jor Piekuthai; 2-2, 1 KO)
- This bout was the main event on the first professional boxing card held in Thailand since March 13.
- The 16-year-old Yoohanngoh, ranked #1 by the WBA Asia, is a brother of female boxer Duangdawnoi Looksaikongdin (birth name: Kanyarat Yoohanngoh).
- Yoohanngoh won the competitive battle between the two Muay Thai veterans by the scores of 97-94, 95-94, and 99-92. (It seems odd to refer to a 16-year-old as a veteran but he is already an accomplished Muay Thai fighter.)

Vacant WBA Asia South Featherweight Title-
Arnon Yupang (5-0, 2 KOs)
Inthanon Sithchamuang (birth name: Tanawat Phoonaku; 31-14-1, 19 KOs)
- The 23-year-old Yupang came into the bout as the WBA Asia's #2 ranked featherweight contender.
- Sithchamuang, 33, once challenged for the WBA World super flyweight title, losing by UD 12 to then champion Kohei Kono on April 27, 2016.

Studio 69, Riga, Latvia-

Non-title Cruiserweight Bout-
Arturs Gorlovs (8-1, 7 KOs)
Unan. Dec. 6
Hungarian champion Ferenc Urban (7-1, 5 KOs)
- This bout was the part of the first professional boxing card held in Latvia since March 7.
- On November 2, 2019, Gorlovs, a Riga native, scored a TKO-2 win over Italian veteran Maurizio Lovaglio, who formerly held, at various times, the IBF Mediterranean, Italian, and EBU European Union cruiserweight titles.
- Urban won the Hungarian cruiserweight title by unanimously outpointing defending champion Jozsef Darmos over ten rounds on September 21, 2019.
- The 28-year-old Gorlovs outpointed Urban, 32, by the scores of 60-54, 60-54, and 59-55.
Article By: Ken Pollitt