Just moments ago in China we saw the first of 3 titles fights from Shenzhen, as the unbeaten Chinese puncher Xiang Li (5-0, 4) clashed with Korean teenager Do Jin Lee (6-3-3) in a very interesting match up for the interim WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver and WBO China National Super Featherweight titles.
In the opening seconds Li applied pressure, and seemed to fight like a man who was confident of taking out the 18 year visitor early doors. That changed however when the boxing skills and counter punching of Lee earned the respect of the Chinese 24 year old, who didn't look comfortable with the southpaw shots of Lee.
Through the first 5 or so rounds Lee held his own, very well, with Li, countering well and pressing when he needed to. The skills of the teenager were really eye catching or such an unheralded youngster who slipped the heavier looking shots of Li.
Sadly though Lee's inexperience in fighter longer bouts appeared to show in round 6 and 7 as Li finally began to gain some notable success, landing some good headshots in the 7th round in particular. That success from the Chinese local continued in round 8, as Lee brought some pressure but was countered by Li who managed to find holes in Lee's defenses. Midway through the round the Chinese fighter finally got the big break through, landing 3 big right hands as he dropped the Korean. The referee started a count but quickly waved off the bout, giving Li the win.
Given that the Korean has gone 1-2-2 in his previous 5 this was a very credible performance and a much better outing than his clear loss to Mirai Naito in June. He showed, over 5 rounds, that he was a talented young fighter, but the distance really got to him. We'd love to see him in short bouts as there is plenty of natural talent there.
This is the second time this year that Li's boxing ability failed to shine, but his power showed and there is a real natural puncher here, but he needs some polish before stepping up in class. If he can work on his accuracy and timing, as well as his defense, he could find himself having solid success in regional bouts, though we would be very surprised if he was to ever reach world level.
According to Kazakh news sources unbeaten Heavyweight hopeful Ivan Dychko (9-0, 9) [Дычко Иван] is pencilled in to fight in October, with a "late October" date seeming the most likely.
The unbeaten Dychko was an amateur standout, but his professional career, so far, has been nothing short of a frustration with poor opposition fight after fight.
We're hoping that the October bout will be a step up, though seems more likely that Dychko's baby step approach to moving through the ranks will continue here. He deserves to be tested but it very much feels like his promotional company are playing safe, too safe in fact.
Whilst there is no set date or opponent it seems likely that the bout will take place in Atlantic City, when it finally takes place.
(Image courtesy of The Heavyweight Factory)
On August 24th we'll see Kosei Tanaka (13-0, 7) defending the WBO Flyweight title against Puerto Rican challenger Jonathan Gonzalez (22-2-1, 13). Ahead of that fight CBC, the channel broadcasting the fight in the Chukyo region of Japan, will be showing various events from fight week, not just the fight.
Today it was revealed that CBC would be airing Tanaka's media work out on Monday August 19th, from around 2PM local time. They will then follow that up with the signing ceremony, pre-fight press conference and weigh in on August 23rd, starting from 1PM local time.
The events will be featured as part of a special section on the CBC website which can be accessed here - https://hicbc.com/sports/highfiveweb/
It's worth noting that CBC's Highfiveweb also featured a recent sparring special feature that included Kosei sparring with his brother Ryomei Tanaka [田中亮明], which can be seen below.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
SHENZHEN, CHINA - Jing Xiang of China and Jomar Caindog of the Philippines will headline an international fight card at the Shenzhen Bao’an District Sports Center. Xiang weighed in at 104.8 lbs while Caindog was at 104.3 lbs. They will dispute the vacant WBO International minimumweight title August 17.
Xiang (16-4-2,3KO’s) will put to good use his training stint in the Philippines. Caindog (10-1-1,4KO’s),from Zamboanga del Norte and an under the radar fighter in his country, told this writer that he had the experience of sparring with former world title challenger Mark Anthony Barriga.
Xiang is on a hot streak, having beaten two former world champions back to back – Thailand’s Suriyarn Satorn and Filipino Merlito Sabillo. Early in his pro career, Xiang lost to a future IBF world champ, Jerwin Ancajas. Xiang successfully dropped in weight having previously campaigned at 112 and 108 lbs.
Xiao Tao Su (10-1, 5KO’s) of China and Shota Yukawa (11-5-3, of Japan will battle for the vacant WBO Oriental junior lightweight title. Su was at 129.8 while Yukawa stepped on the scales at 129.1. Last April, Su beat Thai Attanon Kunlawong for the IBO Oceania belt by knockout in the second round. Yukawa has won three straight since being stopped by countryman Takuya Uehara last year.
Chinese Xiang Li (4-0, 3KO’s) and South Korean Do Jin Lee (6-2-3,0KO) will be fighting for two belts – the WBC ABCO Silver super featherweight title and the vacant China National junior lightweight title. Last January in Suzhou, Li stopped Filipino Arvin Yurong in four rounds for the WBO Oriental Youth title. Li weighed 129.8 while Lee was at 129.5lbs.
For the rest of the undercards – there will be an all-Filipino undercard between China’s Yuanyuan Zhao and Ha Thi Linh of Vietnam, Zhaoxin Zhang of China vs Chase Haley of New Zealand, and an all Chinese fight between Haiyun Duan and Nan He. The fights will be supervised and officiated by the Professional Boxing Commission (PBC) of China.
Photo – Jing Xiang (left) and Jomar Caindog during the weigh-in at the City Mall in Shenzhen, China
Back in July we reported that the popular Jorge Linares (45-5, 28) would be returning to a Japanese ring in September, as he takes part on the September 7th Dynamic Glove show at Korakuen Hall.
What wasn't known was who he would be facing on the card, that was until today when his opponent for the show as announced as Filipino youngster Al Toyogon (10-4-1, 6) who returns to the Korakuen Hall for his second bout there, coming just weeks after losing in July to Shuya Masaki.
For Linares, a 3-weight world champion, this will be his first bout in Japan since stopping Francisco Javier Prieto on December 30th 2014. Despite the long break from a Japanese ring this will actually be his 24th bout in the country. Interestingly he is 22-1 in Japan, though his career does seem to be coming to an end and he was blown out last time out by Pablo Cesar Cano in New York, suffering his second loss in 3 bouts.
Whilst Linares' career is coming to an end Toyogon is in his early 20's and has a lot of potential. Sadly though he has lost his last 2, losing to Masaki in July and to Ryo Sagawa back in July. Those loses ended a 5 fight winning run for Toyogon however a win against Linares would be the biggest of his career, by far.
The bout between Linares and Toyogon will be the chief support bout to a Japanese Welterweight title bout between defending champion Yuki Nagano (16-2, 12) [永野祐樹] and veteran challenger Makoto Kawasaki (11-7-1, 2) [川崎真琴].
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