On Friday fight fans in Shenzhen had a chance to see unbeaten Chinese hopeful Wenfeng Ge (11-0, 6) [葛文峰] score his second successive major win, as he over-came talented Filipino foe Ivan Soriano (18-2-1, 9) to claim the WBO International Flyweight title.
Last November Ge put himself on the map, beating Amnat Ruenroeng and getting a sense of revenge for China who had seen Amnat inflict a loss on the then Chinese golden boy Zou Shiming. Today he proved that that win wasn't just a freak win as he defeated Soriano with a clear decision,
The bout started quickly but Ge's superior natural strength and size gave him the upper hand, soaking up the bigger shots of Soriano with no issue whilst landing his own, much more telling, shots. It wasn't until the second half of the fight, where Ge slowed, that Soriano had any major success, with rounds 7 and 10 being two of his best. By then however the Filipino was a long way behind on the score-cards and was unable to keep up the pace, with his legs looking very tired in the final round.
After 12 rounds the judges were all in agreement with Wenfeng taking the win, courtesy of scores of 117-111, twice, and 116-112.
The win pushes Ge one step closer towards a world title fight, though exposed a number of defensive flaws that he'll want to tidy up before facing a world class foe, such as current WBO world champion Sho Kimura (17-1-2, 10) [木村翔], or his upcoming challenger Kosei Tanaka (11-0, 7) [田中恒成].
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