The Bangkok Post is reporting that former WBA super bantamweight champion Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym has failed three blood tests in advance of his scheduled fight with current WBA titleholder Guillermo Rigondeaux that was to be held this Saturday night at the Toyota Center in Houston. As a result, the 32-year old Thai fighter will be denied an opportunity to reclaim the belt he lost to North Korea's Ryol Li Lee in October 2010.
According to the report, Poonsawat's wife Uangkarn Udomna suspects the test failure may be the result of the recessive blood disorder thalassemia, an inherited disease caused by the weakening and destruction of red blood cells. At 32 years old and 50 professional fights under his belt (48-2, 33 KO's), Poonsawat's future in boxing becomes all the more questionable in light of this latest development.
It also creates some questions for Rigondeaux who has been clamoring for a fight with WBO champion Nonito Donaire. Instead of getting it, the Cuban southpaw was placed on the undercard of the Filipino's title defense against Jorge Arce which will be broadcast on HBO Saturday night. Rigondeaux had hoped the Poonsawat fight would position him for the long awaited shot at Donaire whose time at super bantamweight might be winding down.
This is the second consecutive scheduled bout where Rigondeaux has experienced some pre-fight drama. His last fight against Robert Marroquin on September 15 was in jeopardy of being canceled due to a contractual dispute mere days before it was expected to take place.
Further information on Poonsawat is pending a press conference to be held later in Bangkok.
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