The action in Macau kicked off earlier today, well before the world title triple header, and featured two regional hopefuls who are creating a little bit of buzz and starting to collect titles.
The first of those in action was Macau's very own Lap Cheong Cheong (5-0, 4), who became the OPBF Youth Super Flyweight champion with an opening round win over Indian foe Hans Raj Thakur (3-1, 1). Sadly details of this bout are hard to find, though Lap is a local hopeful and we're really excited to see where he can go in the future.
The second of those bouts saw Raymond Poon KaiChing (7-1, 4) score a 3rd round win over 18 year old Thai fighter Awirut Chaladloes (5-2-1, 4) to add the WBC Youth Intercontinental Light Flyweight title to his growing collection of belts, which also includes the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Light Flyweight title which he defended. The bout saw Poon drop his foe twice in round 3, with the Thai being stopped following the second knockdown.
Although there was no doubting the winner, the end was a bit weird with the Thai making no effort to beat the count, and looking like he was wanting to quit until the count of 7, when the referee said the bout was over. He then instantly jumped to his feet in something that would have made a professional event look silly.
One of the bouts taking place in Macau tomorrow that has been overlooked is the contest between Lap Cheong Cheong (4-0, 3) and Hans Raj Thakur (3-0, 1), who will be fighting for the OPBF Youth Super Flyweight title.
Today those two men took part in their weigh in and both men have made the 115lb weight limit.
Cheong was 112lbs on the scales, weighing in on the Flyweight limit, whilst Thakur was 114.5lbs, still under the Super Flyweight limit.
For Cheong this will be his his third bout of the year, and his first in his homeland of Macau since he made his debut there in October 2017. For Thakur it's his first bout outside of India, following his September debut. It's also the first title bout for either man.
(Photo courtesy of the OPBF)
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