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Srisaket Sor Rungvisai signs with Matchroom Boxing, DAZN

Srisaket Sor Rungvisaii celebrates after knocking out Roman Gonzalez in their rematch. Photo by AP Photo/ Chris Carlson
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Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, the RING and WBC junior bantamweight champion from Thailand, has signed a “multi-fight promotional deal” with Matchroom Boxing and DAZN, a company press release announced Wednesday.

The move to DAZN provides an American broadcast platform for Sor Rungvisai after his last two fights, a first round knockout of overmatched Young Gil Bae in a non-title fight, and a workmanlike unanimous decision over Iran Diaz, took place in his native country.

“It’s my great honor to be working with Matchroom Boxing USA and DAZN,” said Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41 knockouts) in the release. “I thank my team and everyone who made this opportunity possible. I am extremely excited for my future fights in the USA with Matchroom Boxing and DAZN, and I promise to bring excitements to all my fans always.”

The 32-year-old was the breakout star of the short-lived yet influential HBO Boxing “SuperFly” series, knocking out Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez in four rounds to solidify his standing as one of the sport’s top fighters pound-for-pound after previously defeating the then-unbeaten Nicaraguan star by majority decision to lift the titles he currently holds.

“I’m delighted to welcome Srisaket Sor Rungvisai to the Matchroom Boxing USA team,” said Hearn in the release. “Srisaket is one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in boxing today and has been a revelation in recent years with great fights and wins over Roman Gonzalez and Estrada and has some huge fights to be made in the division. His next fight will be announced soon, and fans can expect another firecracker live on DAZN and Sky Sports!”

Sor Rungvisai bolstered his credentials in February of last year, winning a majority decision over number one contender Juan Francisco Estrada in a highly entertaining battle.

According to The Ring’s Mike Coppinger, who had previously reported that signing with DAZN was likely, sources say that Sor Rungvisai’s first DAZN appearance will be a rematch against Estrada on April 6 in Los Angeles, alongside the Danny Roman-TJ Doheny junior featherweight unification title fight.

Emails to Hearn and Frank Smith of Matchroom were not responded by the time of this story’s publication.

In an email to The Ring, Sor Rungvisai’s manager Bank Thainchai Pisitwuttinan thanked Tom Loeffler and 360 Promotions for helping Sor Rungvisai break into the U.S. market, and says he expects his next fight to be announced shortly.

“We need to thank DAZN, Eddie Hearn and his amazing team for this great opportunity,” said Pisitwuttinan.

“Super flyweight is an extremely deep division, and we are very excited to have Srisaket shows his talent to the world against other world class fighters in the division on DAZN.”

Moving to DAZN opens up the possibility of fights against other prominent fighters at 115 and other nearby weight classes who are aligned with Matchroom, like WBA junior bantamweight titleholder Khalid Yafai (25-0, 15 KOs) and WBC flyweight titleholder Charlie Edwards, who has expressed interest in moving to 115 pounds.