In the main event of a special IBF show in Macau fight fans saw an IBF Light Heavyweight world title eliminator, between unbeaten fighters from China and Germany, with the opportunity to fight IBF world champion Artur Beterbiev up for grabs for the winner.
The match up pitted 2012 Olympian Meng Fanlong (15-0, 9) [孟繁龙] against German foe Adam Deines (17-1-1, 8) and on paper this looked like an excellent match, with both men risking their "0" in return for a potentially huge fight later in the year.
Early on it was the talented Meng who looked in control. He used his longer arms, his faster hand speed and his more rounded technical boxing skills to tag Deines with some classy shots. Despite landing good, clean punches the Chinese fighter could never really put a dent in Deines, who proved to be tough, game and willing to put the pressure on in an attempt to turn the bout around.
It wasn't until round 8 that Deines' pressure really had any break through success, he had done enough to make life difficult previously but never come close to really hurting the Chinese fighter. In the 8th he landed a huge, sweeping right hand that sent sweat spraying from Meng's head and dropped the Chinese fighter. Meng, to his credit, recovered to his feet quickly but was still hurt when the bout resumed, and Deines jumped on him, looking to take him out. Meng saw off the storm, holding and smothering Deines's work, though did eat a huge uppercut in the process.
Meng dropped in round 8, he's up, Deines jumping on him, Meng holding, huge uppercut from Deines, KD came from a sweeping right. Deines continued to have success in round 9, as Meng continued to try and recover, but sadly for the German he couldn't find the home run shot, as Meng used his reach and relied on his skills to get over the line without any more major issues.
At the end of 12 rounds Meng celebrated, and it seemed like both men knew who deserved the win. Thankfully there was no strange judging, with Meng taking the unanimous decision thanks to scores of 116-110, 115-111 and 117-109.
Although Meng has now secured himself a world title fight, we do have to fear for him against a big puncher like Beterbiev, and we'd be surprised if the Chinese fighter, who has been down several times against lesser punchers than Beterbiev, could survive one of the champions heavy shots on the chin.
Earlier today the IBF announced that they would be holding a special card to celebrate their 36th anniversary, with a small but notable show in Macau.
The big fight for local fans comes at Light Heavyweight, where the unbeaten Chinese hopeful Meng Fanlong (14-0, 9) [孟繁龙] will face unbeaten German Adam Deines (17-0-1, 8), in a bout for an IBF minor title, rumoured to be the IBF Inter-continental title.
Another unbeaten fighter on this card will be Australian Steve Gago (10-0, 4), who takes on Filipino fighter Adam Diu Abdulhamid (14-7, 6). This will be for a regional IBF title, and although it looks like a mismatch we're actually really interested in this one, with Abdulhamid being much better than his record suggests.
A third bout of note will see former world title challenger Richie Mepranum (33-7-1, 9) take on Chinese fighter Sen Chen (11-1, 2). This will also be for a regional IBF title, and looks like a tough bout for the Chinese youngster, though Mepranum is certainly not the fighter he once was.
At the moment full details of the card haven't been revealed, though we are hoping that the show will be given a free legal stream though some of the Chinese sites.
Moments ago in Monaco Chinese hopeful Meng Fanlong (14-0, 9) [孟繁龙] secured his first defense of the IBF Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight title and recorded his best win to date, as he stopped Englishman Frank Buglioni (22-4-1, 16) in 5 rounds.
Meng looked like he was tuned in from the opening round. He used his southpaw left to really pick away at Buglioni as the Englishman came forward, and used the jab to both penetrate the guard of Buglioni and also confuse him, varying it's speed and power well.
Buglioni tried to up the pace in round 2 and had mixed success, as he began to take more shots, leaving more openings from Meng to counter. It wasn't until round 3 that Buglioni really managed to get some success, upping the tempo significantly and letting combinations go. It was a risky strategy but one he had to use given how Meng was controlling him with such ease. It was Buglioni's best round of the fight.
Sadly for Buglioni him having his best round seemed to force Meng to move into a new gear. The Chinese fighter, who had been happy boxing off the back foot early on, moved onto the front foot, and took the fight to Buglioni, who was left cut on the nose. Meng had started to land not only straight punches but also started to make more and more use of his right uppercut, which Buglioni failed to avoid.
Buglioni's face was starting to show more and more effects from the head shots he was taking, with cuts on both eyes, especially the right hand. Those cuts would see him being taken to the doctor, and the doctor would stop the fight on the second inspection, due to a very nasty cut over the right eye.
With the win Meng takes a huge step towards a potential world title fight.
This coming Saturday we'll see Chinese fighter Meng Fanlong (13-0, 8) [孟繁龙] make his first defense of the IBF Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight title, as he takes on Englishman Frank Buglioni (22-3-1, 16) in the wonderful principality of Monaco. At the time of writing the Chinese is the under-dog for that bout, but is regarded as a very live one by the British bookies, who have their countryman as the favourite.
The English fighter is currently best priced at 4/7 to win the bout, with other bookies having him at 1/2. The Chinese fighter on the other hand is widely available at 13/8, with others having him at 6/4 to pick up the win. The best odds on the draw are currently 25/1, though some bookies have got the draw as low as 20/1.
At the moment very few book makers have got odds up for "method of victory", though they are available if you look around. The odds on a Buglioni stoppage are 11/8, like playing on the idea that Meng has been dropped by a much lesser puncher than the Englishman. A decision win for Buglioni is 11/5. On the other hand a win inside the distance from Meng is 10/3 whilst a decision win for Meng is 6/1.
Interestingly this bout does have a "To go the Distance" market available. The bout going the distance is available at 11/8 whilst the bout concluding early is available at 8/13
We're expecting to see some shift in the odds as we head to fight time, though these are all accurate at the time of writing (9:27am, UK time on November 23rd)
end the on going talk about Zhilei facing off with Anthony Joshua, a bout that Sky had been behind but now looks to be a delay, if even still on the mind of those connected to Joshua.
The issue won't effect Meng Fanlong (13-0, 8) [孟繁龙], who is still expected to take on Englishman Frank Buglioni (22-3-1, 16) on the show.
We want to thank Jia Chuntian for breaking this news.
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