On a ridiculously busy day of boxing we had a small card in China that didn't generate much buzz, but probably deserved to as Qingdao played host to bouts featuring several notable Chinese prospects.
One of those prospects was the unbeaten Xiaolu Mou (16-0-1, 7) who looked very impressive in stopping Filipino visitor Brian Lobetania (14-8-3, 11). The local got off to the perfect start, forcing Lobetania to touch down early in round before rocked later in the round and then scoring a second knockdown later in the round. It was clear Lobetania had no punch resistance at all, and early in round 2 the referee stepped in to wave the bout off. A good decision given how Lobetania looked shaken every time he was touched.
For Mou this was a 12th straight win, and on paper his most impressive so far. Sadly for Lobetania it was the 4th stoppage loss of his career, and his third stoppage loss in 5 fights.
Another Chinese prospect in action was Lingjie Xia (8-0-1, 2), who took on Filipino puncher Arnel Baconaje (11-4, 9). Xia showed touched of real class, but same unfit and out of shape through out, with little in terms of intensity and was far too easy to hit. Thankfully for the local Baconaje really didn't force the issue in the way he should have, and had the Filipino found an extra gear there's a good chance he could have ended up stopping the local, who looked like he was skilled but very lazy. As it was Baconaje's one paced offense and slow footwork allowed Xia to pick his moments and strike as and when he wanted to. That was enough foe Xia to take the decision win and extend his unbeaten record.
Chinese based Tajik born fighter Avzalbek Kuranbaev (5-1-1, 3) bounced back from a loss last year as he easily saw off the over-matched Wellem Reyk (20-24-4, 6) in a Light Middleweight bout. This was a mismatch from the moment the bout was signed, though given that Kuranbaev had been out of the ring for over a year, and had lost last timeout, we can't complain too much about him getting a confidence builder under his belt.
On paper the best match up on the show was an 8 round bout at 140lbs where talented Chinese hopeful Lei Wang (5-0, 2) took on Filipino Marlon Paniamogan (10-2-1, 5). Through out the bout Wang's class showed, and his ability to pick the right shots at the right time were really impressive. To his credit Paniamogan showed his toughness and desire, but lacked the skills to match the talented Chinese fighter and was rocked in round 3 and 4 by Wang's clean head shots. Although Wang's work rate began to decline in the second half of the fight Paniamogan failed to make him pay and the tempo began to decline rapidly. There was little to get excited about in round 6, the highlight of round 7 saw Wang land a huge bomb on Paniamogan only for the Filipino to eat a follow up combination like it was nothing.
To his credit Paniamogan pressed and pressured through out, but it was mostly ineffective and the better shots certainly came from Wang, who deserved the win and is new WBO Greater China champion at 140lbs.
The main event of this card saw fast rising Chinese Lightweight hopeful Yongqiang Yang (13-0, 10) take on struggling Filipino JR Magboo (18-4-2, 9). Despite losing 3 of his previous 5 Magboo showed ambition early on, and was competitive in the opening round. That ambition was however short lived and when he was dropped in round 2 he looked happy to be counted out, making no effort to beat the count and suffered his third TKO2 loss in 4 fights.
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