From the opening round Yilixiati brought the pressure, pursuing Mitchell around the ring and giving the champion a clear indicator that he was going to be in a fight. Mitchell repsonded well, boxing and moving, but it was clear that the challenger wasn't going to be discouraged.
The pressure and aggression of Yilixiati wasn't the most effective, and saw him being deducted a point for holding, but made the both exciting and action packed with the Chinese fighter refusing to take a bakcwards step. Sadly though it was the ineffectiveness of the aggression that helped out Mitchell, who seemed to be well liked by the judges who refused to give anything to the challenger.
Although Yilixiati brought all the action it was his foe that impressed the judges who took the win with scores of 99-91, and 100-90, twice, and left some questioning whether the challenger had to get a KO to have ever got the win with the judges's cards really failing to represent the in ring action.
The bout also leads to the question why was the OPBF title was fought for over 10 rounds?
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