“My shin, no good… I injure(d) it, not able to train”, Penek told me, showing me a stretch of noticeably bumpy, discoloured bone on an otherwise inhuman granite-shin. “I will come back (to the ring) soon.”
So there we go.
Penek was sitting with me at Bangla Stadium ringside to watch the return to the ring of his stable-mate Charlie Boy Peters, returning after being relieved of his WMC Light-Middleweight world title. It was a hell of a return to the ring, facing a top 30 ranked fighter and Rajadamnern veteran, who gave him an even bout for two rounds before being pole-axed by a big right hand.
Penek says that he expects to return to the ring and fight Sam-A as soon as his shin heals and he can put in a proper training camp.
Penek’s stable-mate Damien Alamos will be fighting on the September 7 card, defending his own Lumpinee Stadium title against Aranchai. The same card that features Saenchai, and that was marred by Nong-O’s withdrawal.
It remains to be seen if Sam-A can get a suitable replacement in time, with Tingtong fighting last night and Thong temporarily on the shelf.