One of the men named in those eliminators was Chinese fighter Qiu Xiao Jun (19-2, 9) who was in action earlier today, making his European debut in Monaco, where he fought Frenchman Amor Belahdj Ali (14-4-1, 2).
The bout was, on paper, a chance for Jun to show his talents to a new audience and to help prepare him for a potential world title eliminator, with the Chinese fighter set to fight Alexis Boureima Kabore (25-1, 6). In the end however it turned out to be a bout that saw the best, and worst, of Jun.
Early on the bout looked like it was going to be easy work for the Chinese fighter who dropped Ali in the early stages. It was proof of Jun's under-rated power though it was also a negative on his performance with Jun fighting as if he had the bout in the bag and dropping the intensity at times. Despite the drop off in intensity Jun never looked in too much trouble until one of the later rounds when he looked to be too disinterested in the action.
Despite looking bored at times Jun knew he still had to win the bout and he eventually picked the pace back up, and actually showed some nice boxing, en route to stopping Ali in the 11th round of their bout. Notably the result will really build Jun's confidence in his stamina and was only the 3rd time he had gone beyond 10 rounds.
With the win the Chinese fighter defended the WBC Silver Super Bantamweight title and also claimed the WBA International Super Bantamweight title, which will likely give him a second route to a world title if he chooses not to face Kabore, and the winner of a bout between Guillermo Rigondeaux and Rey Vargas.
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