By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
SHENZHEN, CHINA- Jing Xiang exploited his size advantage over Jomar Caindog and came up on top in their battle for the vacant WBO International minimumweight title.
Xiang, from China, built his lead using his jab and quick combos in a fast paced contest. Caindog, from the Philippines, tried to close the gap and was still in the fight due to his aggression. But Xiang knew he could take Caindog’s punches and showboated as the rounds progressed. In the eighth round, an accidental clash of heads inflicted a long deep gash below the right eyebrow of Xiang which lead to the fight being halted. It went to the scorecards for a technical decision.
The judges scores – Mark Leong (Macao) and Edward Ligas (Philippines) had it 77-75 while Surat Soikrachang (Thailand) scored 79-73, all for Xiang.
Xiang successfully went down in weight after having previously campaigned at 112 and 108 lbs. He had previously beaten two former world champions back to back – Thailand’s Suriyan Satorn and Filipino Merlito Sabillo.
Xiang goes up to 17-4-2,3KO’s while Caindog drops to his second loss - 10-2-1,4KO’s.
Xiao Tao Su of China stunned Shota Yukawa of Japan and stopped him in round one for the vacant WBO Oriental junior lightweight title. Su staggered Yukawa with a hard combo and the Japanese would have been knocked down early if it wasn’t for the ring ropes. He continued to bring the fight to Su but a well-timed hard right sent Yukawa crashing to the canvas. Referee Sawaeng Thaweekoon of Thailand signaled the end at the 2:30 mark.
Su is now 11-1,6KO’s while Yukawa drops to 11-6-3,4KO’s.
Xiang Li got two belts in one bout when he beat South Korean Do Jin Lee by TKO in round seven. The fight was rather uneventful until the seventh when Li exploded and dropped with a flurry of punches. Lee seemed to lose his equilibrium when he tried to get up and Referee Surat Soikrachang stopped it at 2:57.
Li was awarded the WBO China National and WBC ABCO Silver superfeatherweight titles.
The WBO bouts were supervised by Samson Iu and WBO VP Leon Panoncillo. The WBC fight was supervised by Patrick Cusick.
For the non-title undercards – Zhaoxin Zhang of China and Chase Haley of New Zealand engaged in an entertaining light heavyweight brawl. Zhang’s height and reach advantage enabled him to prevail by majority decision. Scores – 58-56, 58-56 and 57-57.
In the female contest, Ha Thi Linh of Vietnam was the only foreign boxer who managed to win at the Shenzhen Bao’an District Sports Center.Linh knocked down China’s Zhao Yuanyuan in round one and cruised to a unanimous decision victory in their four rounder. Scores – 40-35 twice and 38-37.
The card was opened by two Chinese boxers – Haiyun Duan and Nan He with He winning by unanimous decision.
PHOTO – Jing Xiang interviewed inside the ring after his win against Jomar Caindog
In the main event of a Chinese show in Shenzhen we saw the world class Jing Xiang (17-4-2, 3) [向静] take on Filipino Jomar Caindog (10-2-1, 4) in a bout for a WBO minor Minimumweight title.
On paper the bout was a good looking one. It was a chance to see how good Xiang would be at Minimumweight, after back to back wins over former world champions at Light Flyweight, and for many it was their first chance to see Caindog, who had only fought at Filipino domestic level.
The bout did actually turn out to be pretty interesting in the ring, despite Caindog's lack of experience at this level.
Xiang, who genuinely is a fringe world class fighter and one of the most technically well schooled fighters in China, struggled at times with the defense of Caindog, though seemed to be landing the better shots. What was more impressive from Xiang than his offense was his defenses, making Caindog miss time some combinations in very eye catching fashion.
The best round of the bout was 4 which saw both men having some solid success, though was highlighted by a late Xiang surge of aggression. The extra aggression from Xiang did see him give Caindog some opportunities to counter, but unfortunately for the Filipino he didn't connect with many of his counter shots.
To his credit Caindog always looked like he was giving his all, but his all never looked like it could match that of Xiang when the Chinese fighter moved through the gears. At times Xiang was toying with the visitor, show boating and trying to draw Caindog out of his gameplan, though the Filipino showed real maturity to not bite and stick to what he was doing instead.
Sadly a headclash in round 8 saw Xiang left cut, badly, over his right eye. That cut resulted in us going to the scorecards which had Xiang as the winner, taking his first title at Minimumweight.
The win for Xiang will see him move into the higher echelons of the Minimumweight rankings, whilst Caindog showed enough here to suggest he deserves other bouts above the domestic level. Bouts against the likes of Ginjiro Shigeoka or OPBF champion Lito Dante would be interesting, even if he would enter both as a clear under-dog.
BOXERS MAKE WEIGHT IN SHENZHEN
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
We ended 2018 with a couple of Light Flyweight world title fights, with Hiroto Kyoguchi [京口 紘人] winning the WBA "super" title and Kenshiro [拳四朗] retaining the WBC title. Today we kicked off 2019 with a WBC "Silver" title fight, as China's Jing Xiang (16-4-2, 3) [向静] over-came former WBC world champion Kompayak Porpramook (59-7, 40) [คมพยัคฆ์ ป.ประมุข], aka Suriyan Satorn, and made his first defense of the Silver belt.
The fight saw the Chinese fighter have the perfect start. Xiang started fast behind his quick jab, moved well and made Kompayak look old and slow straight away. The Chinese fighter couldn't miss with his straight right hands to both the head and body of the veteran, who seemed totally unable to cope with the hand speed or the movement of the local through the opening round. The only issue for Xiang was that his shots lacked pop and although he was landing clean the shots never seemed to truly buzz the Thai who ended the round pressing the fight and coming forward.
Kompayak began round 2 by marching forward, pressing the Chinese local and looking to make life really uncomfortable. Xiang, to his credit, used his feet well to avoiding having a tear up with the Thai, and landed the more eye catching blows once again, but this time he was forced to take some in return, and seemed to be momentarily wobbled late in the round.
The pressure of Kompayak seemed to make Xiang realise he wasn't going to have things all his own way unless he made a conscious effort to keep the bout at range. He had success early in round 3 using his reach to create space but by the end of the round the Thai was once again in his face, albeit paying for it with Xiang tagging him with combinations. The Chinese hopeful was again under intense pressure in round 4 as Kompayak looked to turn this into a war, like his sensational first bout with Adrian Hernandez. Jing seemed to bee wanting to out man the veteran and began holding his feet a lot more by the end of round 4, unloading long flurries on the Thai, who looked for big counters. Although it was a round that Xiang won, it was one that he had to work incredibly hard in, and likely took more out of himself than out of the visitor,
Having put so much in round 4 Xiang looked weary in round 5 as Kompayak continued to pressure, landing the heavier shots whilst the Chinese fighter held, struggled to create space and had significantly reduced output. It was clear that things were getting tough for the 29 year old, who would likely have expected an easier task with 36 year old Thai warrior.
By round 6 it seemed like the Thai was himself slowing, his high intensity style seemed less ferocious and Xiang seemed to be able to use his movement to get away before Kompayak could unload his own shots. Having been limited in terms of success in round 6 Kompayak struggled to change things in the first part of round 7, but finished the round with some huge overhand rights and seemed to buzz the Chinese favourite several times in the final minute, a huge minute for the Thai who eaten a monster uppercut earlier in the round before giving Xiang all kinds of hell.
After having been rocked late in round 7 Xiang was back to boxing smartly though much of round 8, moving, using his speed and handcuffing Kompayak with combinations. It was one of the more dominant rounds for the local, though again he was being forced to work hard with Kompayak refusing to back off, despite eating shots from both hands.
In the first minute of round 9 the Thai hit the canvas, it wasn't a knockdown, seemingly called a slip instead, but did seem to be a sign that he was starting to tire and Xiang then began forcing him backwards. For the first time the Thai was starting to feel the shots from Xiang, and was struggling to block any of them. Xiang was sitting on his punches, and really trying to make Kompayak feel them. To his credit the Thai covered up, taking some sting off them, and tried to land the odd counter, but was starting to look like he was coming apart.
With Xiang in the ascendancy heading into round 10 it was clear that Kompayak was going to have to take more risks. sadly for him he began eating cleaner uppercuts from Xiang, who began to see progressively more gaps in the defenses of the Thai. Kompayak was pressing forward, but it was ineffective pressure, in fact if anything it was just making life easier for Xiang as Kompayak walked into punches whilst looking to land his own. Kompayak was again on the wrong end of shots in round 11, as both men slowed. As the pace got slower Xiang had more time to work, more space to think about his next more and more safety knowing that Kompayak was throwing less, and what he was throwing has less on it. Not only was life easier defensively for Xiang but he was also able to land more powerful blows of his own.
Knowing he had to give everything in the final round to have any chance of turning things around Kompayak went to war, summoning everything he had to take the fight to Xiang. He had no option, if he wanted to win. Sadly for him it resulted in him being dropped in the final 30 seconds as Xiang added an exclamation mark to the result.
By the end it was clear Xiang had won, he had easily controlled the bout overall, however that one-sided nature of the fight didn't take away from what was a very early contender for fight of the year. The bout was an action packed throughout, with round 7 and 12 being sensational rounds between the slick skilled local and hard nosed veteran. Despite how one sided the bout was, and how dominant the scores of 120-107, 119-108 and, 119-108
It was an excellent performance from Xiang, and he showed great composure under intense pressure, but it does look like he has some serious way to go before fighting for a world title. As for Kompayak we do wonder if it's maybe time he hangs up the gloves. He's had a long and hard career, with tough bouts against Adrian Hernandez and Koki Eto standing out, and now in his mid 30's it's maybe time he walks away before taking more punishment against the young guns, like he did today.
Former WBO Minimumweight champion Merlito Sabillo (27-5-1, 13) has fallen hard in recent years, dropping from an unbeaten world champion with a 23-0 (12) record. It now seems like he really is fighting for his career at the age of 34
The Filipino may well be about to enter the last chance Saloon, with the recent announcement that he will be back in the ring on September 15th in Qinzhou, China. The forrmer champion will be facing off with Chinese local Jing Xiang (14-4-2, 3) in a bout for the WBC Silver Light Flyweight title.
The winner will shoot up the WBC rankings at 108lbs, and possibly find themselves on the verge of a shot at WBC champion Ken Shiro. For the loser however it would be a major set back. A loss for Sabillo would be his 6th in 10 bouts bout whilst a defeat for Xiang would would end a promising 6 fight winning run.
A second title bout on this same card see former Japanese Heavyweight title contender Kotatsu Takehara (15-11-3, 8) [竹原 虎辰] battle against Chinese foe Zhiyu Wu (8-2-1, 2) in a bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Heavyweight title. Given that the fighters are 40 and 35 respectively we don't see this being the start of some great charge up the rankings, but both men will be looking at this as a chance to get a notable regional title at the tail end of their career.
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