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.
(Image courtesy of sina.cn)
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