By Ronnie Nathanielsz


Former world super bantamweight and PABA champion Somsak Sithchatchawal who figured in the 2006 “Fight of the Year” when he won the WBA title with a spectacular 10th round TKO over Mahyar Monshipour in France on March 18, 2006,  will battle Indonesia’s Eddy Comaro in  Pan Asian Boxing Association super featherweight interim championship in the north eastern town of Mukdahan on June 12.


The Somsak-Monshipour battle has been described by some boxing writers as one of the greatest of all-time and an incredible fight while boxing writer James Slater referred to it as “utterly spellbinding.”


Somsak is currently ranked No. 8 in the world by the WBA and No. 1 by the PABA while Comaro of Indonesia is ranked No. 13 in the May PABA ratings.


The 31 year old southpaw Somsak lost his WBA super bantamweight title in his first defense when he suffered a 3rd round TKO at the hands of the classy Celestino Caballero in Wat Ban Rai, Thailand on October 4, 2006.


He then won ten fights in a row before losing by an 11th round TKO to fellow Thailander Poonsawat Kartingdaenggym in a WBA title eliminator on March 31, 2008.


After that lost to Poonsawat, Somsak has won two and drawn one of his last three fights, the latest being a six round points victory over Filipino Lotlot Gaviola on April 7, 2009.


Somsak is reportedly training at a physical education institute in Chiang Mai and claims to have prepared well for his upcoming title fight and by also running up the mountains every day.


The former world and PABA champion has said he doesn’t wish to disappoint well-known promoter Kokiet who is supporting his bid to once again fight for a world title.


Somsak has a record of 58-3-2 with 44 knockouts while Comaro, according to has a record of 6-4-4 with 4 knockouts.


The Indonesian is coming off a 12th round unanimous decision loss to Thai Tor Sivachai in a clash for the vacant WBO Oriental lightweight title last March 6, 2009.