This past Thursday Chinese fans in Beijing saw 36 year old Ma Yi Ming (13-7, 7) [马一鸣] suffer an opening round loss to unbeaten Filipino hopeful Ronnie Baldonado (9-0-1, 6), with the Chinese veteran being blown out in 102 seconds.
It was Ming's first bout since January 30th 2016, when he narrowly took a decision over Jayar Diama, and ended up being his 6th career stoppage loss, his 4th inside the opening round.
Foloowing the bout Chinese sources reported that Ming had had a host of issues in preparation for the bout, including essentially needing to train himself for the contest. It seems that after the fight those issues began to be made public whilst the the Chinese media suggested that Ming is now likely to retire from the sport, rather than continue on in his long career.
Although never a true star of Chinese boxing Ming was a real veteran who debuited back in 2007 and faced the likes of Wanheng Menayothin, Jonathan Baat and Randy Petalcorin, all of whom stopped Ming in the opening round. His retirement is likely to be the end of an era in some ways for Chinese boxing, which appears to appears to be heading in a new direction with younger fighters coming through the ranks in an exciting manner.
One of those younger fighters, 24 year old Xiang Xiang Sun (12-0, 9) [孫想想], was also in action in Thursday as he picked up a stoppage win over Indonesian veteran Roy Mukhlis (29-7-3, 22), to retain the interim WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight title. Although not yet a star we would suggest keeping a close eye on Sun as he rises through the rankings.
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Just moments ago Indonesian fans had the chance to see an intriguing card on i-News, who streamed the show world wide on their website. The card didn't get too much attention internationally, but the Friday card was one that was worth tuning in for with some genuinely fun action.
The first of two title bouts aired on the telecast saw novice professional Hanif Yogya (4-2-1, 2), fighting as Hanif Brawijaya, score a victory against veteran Rasmanudin (19-15-3, 10) to claim the Indonesian Boxing Commission Super Bantamweight title. The little known Yogya, who is believed to have debuted back in back in 2013 and began his career 0-2-1, pressurised the more experienced Rasmanudin throughout before dropping Rasmanudin in round 12 to secure the decision.
The win for Yogya sees him claim his first first title and his 4th straight win. Sadly for Rasmanudin, who has been a genuine servant of Indonesian boxing, this looks likely to be the end now, and sees him fall to 2-12-1 in his last 15 bouts.
The other title bout, the show's main event, was an international bout that saw Filipino fighter Allan Tanada (14-4-3, 6) win a slugfest with former world title challenger Roy Mukhlis (28-6-3, 21), to claim the World Boxing Foundation Asia Pacific Lightweight title. The bout was a slugfest from the opening round with both men showing little regard to defense and being happy to show their free swinging side. Sadly for the local favourite that was a bad idea and as early as round 3 it was clear he was going to struggle with the power of Tanada. He seemed to realise that brawling with Tanada was a mistake and started to box more in round 5.
The boxing worked in parts for Mukhlis but essentially it caused Tanada to up his pressure and in round 7 that pressure paid off with the Filipino, a former OPBF champion, dropping Mukhlis who was saved by the bell. Mukhlis may have seen out round 7 but round 8 was too much for him with the Indonesian turning his back on Tanada and forcing the referee to stop the bout.
According top a number of Indonesian sources it seems that former world title challenger Roy Mukhlis (28-5-3, 21) will be back in the ring on April 22nd to face former OPBF Super Featherweight champion Allan Tanada (13-4-3, 5), of the Philippines.
The bout was announced recently at an event held by iNewsTV, who will be broadcasting the fight across Indonesia.
The contest will be for the lightly regarded WPBF Asia Pacific Lightweight title and will be one of three title bouts on the card, with two KTI shows also set to be staged on the show though it's unclear if they will be televised or not.
For those who haven't seen the two men before Mukhlis is one of the more notable Indonesian's and has fought on the road in a number of notable bouts, including a world title challenger against Takashi Uchiyama in Japan in 2010 and a loss to Denis Shafikov in Macau last year. He has also gone 1-1-1 with local rival Hero Tito.
Tanada is also best known for his exploits on the road having scored a major shock in 2010 over Rikiya Fukuhara to claim the OPBF title at 130lbs before losing it in his next bout to Masao Nakamura, with both of those bouts taking place in Japan. He has fought in the USA, Puerto Rico, Australia and Russia.
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