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.
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
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