Not seen anyone mention Chocolatito-Srisaket in the Golovkin-Jacobs thread so i'm giving the little basher-genius his own thread.
This is clearly a mismatch, right? The bookies give the typical padded record Thai no chance - he is generally 9/1 just to win. However....
Having a closer look, on a formline through Cuadras those odds are way to big. Cuadras gave Chocolatito a real tough fight last time. Although a rightful winner, the "P4P no.1" looked knackered and battered at the end - understandably as not only is Cuadras a top fighter but also looked naturally bigger and stronger. Or to put it another way, Chocolatito wasn't as effective stepping up to superfly - his 4th weightclass.
Now Srisaket doesn't have the boxing movement/awkwardness of Cuadras, in fact he's an open target for Choco to unleash his awesome combos, but he too is the natural superfly, is a super aggressive lefty - defence is his offense - and can crack ribs and rattle bonces. He was down on the cards but visibly hurt Cuadras several times and wasn't getting totally outclassed when the fight was stopped - due to an axe wound on the Mexican's bonce.
It looks like Srisaket's sparko streak - 38 of his last 39 wins have been by stoppage - is just a typical Thai record, but he's won all his title fights by chinnage too, so over-inflated record or not, there's substance to it. The TD loss to Cuadras is his only blip in the past seven years.
Cuadras said this week - the Thai is much stronger and harder hitting than Choco, it'll be a close fight.
Chocolatito is utterly brilliant and could easily make the Thai look like a mug. However, considering the weightclass, his grueling last fight and the pressure of now being a main attraction (all the extra media shit and stuff), at 9-1 I think it's worth taking a chance this is Barrera-Pac 1.
Incidently Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (The Thai) is called Wisaksil Wangek on my betting slip. Boxing.