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Kaikanha, Navarette meet for vacant WBC belt

Nawaphon Kaikanha from Thailand and Juan Hernandez Navarette of Mexico meet in a clash for the vacant WBC flyweight belt at the National Stadium Gymnasium in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday.

The 25-year-old Kaikanha, (alias Nawaphon Por Chokchai) who has a record of 36-0; 28, made his pro debut in December 2010 and has had 11 fights in 2015 and 2016, with 10 wins inside the distance. He is the current WBC Asian Boxing Council flyweight champion.

Navarette, 30, a 13-year pro has a record of 33-2; 24 with his two defeats coming against Oscar Martinez in March 2006 and Kazuto Ioka in August 2011 for the WBC strawweight belt.

He is undefeated in his last 15 fights with 11 inside the distance and has scored wins over quality fighters like Denver Cuello, Saul Juarez, Ramon Garcia Hirales, Jesus Silvestre and Omar Nino Romero.

Even though Kaikanha has an impressive unbeaten record of 36 fights he has not always been in against top fighters, with possibly his best wins being against Donny Mabao, Mateo Handig and Heri Amol.

Kaikanha is an aggressive pressure fighter and is in with a chance against the more experienced Navarette who has been in with better opposition.

Kaikhana is listed as number one in the latest WBC rankings and Navarette at number two.

The other flyweight champions are WBO, Zou Shiming (China), WBA, Kazuto Ioka (Japan). The IBF belt is vacant.


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