By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
QINGDAO,CHINA- Yongqiang Yang of China decked JR Magboo with a hard body shot and the Filipino heard the full count of ten from Referee Danrex Tapdasan in the second round.
Yang (13-0,10KO’s) remained unbeaten and was handed the WBO Global Lightweight title. He could be in the world title picture next year.
Magboo drops to 18-4-2,9KO’s. Yang has previously beaten Filipinos Harmonito dela Torre and Ernie Sanchez. Yang’s second round knockout win against Dela Torre was on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Lucas Matthysse WBA welterweight title fight held in Malaysia.
This fight served as the main event of a six bout card held at the TSSG Center.
Top Chinese prospect Lei Wang (5-0,2KO’s) won the vacant WBO Greater China junior welterweight title in a hard fought match against Filipino Marlon Paniamogan (10-2-1,5KO’s).
Paniamogan was staggered on several occasions but managed to recuperate and fire hard shots of his own. Rounds three and four were highlighted by exciting back and forth action. But Paniamogan slowed down in the endgame and could not capitalize when Wang was also tiring.
The scores – Edward Ligas (Philippines) – 78-74, Michelle Ng (Macao) – 79-73, Danrex Tapdasan (Philippines)- 79-73. The referee was Mark Leong from Macao.
Three of Wang’s previous four wins were against Filipinos Anthony Sabalde, Ricky Sismundo and Bryan Macamay.
The WBO bouts were supervised by WBO Asia Pacific VP Leon Panoncillo.
For the undercards - Avzalbek Kuranbaev (Tajikistan) stopped Wellem Reyk (Indonesia) in two rounds, Xia Lingjie (China) beat Arnel Baconaje (Philippines) by unanimous verdict after eight rounds, Mou Xialu (China) got a second round TKO win against Brian Lobetania (Philippines) and in the opener, Dilixiati Simayi (China) and Su Pajie (China) fought to a four round draw.
PHOTO – Yang Yongqiang wins in Qingdao
On a ridiculously busy day of boxing we had a small card in China that didn't generate much buzz, but probably deserved to as Qingdao played host to bouts featuring several notable Chinese prospects.
One of those prospects was the unbeaten Xiaolu Mou (16-0-1, 7) who looked very impressive in stopping Filipino visitor Brian Lobetania (14-8-3, 11). The local got off to the perfect start, forcing Lobetania to touch down early in round before rocked later in the round and then scoring a second knockdown later in the round. It was clear Lobetania had no punch resistance at all, and early in round 2 the referee stepped in to wave the bout off. A good decision given how Lobetania looked shaken every time he was touched.
For Mou this was a 12th straight win, and on paper his most impressive so far. Sadly for Lobetania it was the 4th stoppage loss of his career, and his third stoppage loss in 5 fights.
Another Chinese prospect in action was Lingjie Xia (8-0-1, 2), who took on Filipino puncher Arnel Baconaje (11-4, 9). Xia showed touched of real class, but same unfit and out of shape through out, with little in terms of intensity and was far too easy to hit. Thankfully for the local Baconaje really didn't force the issue in the way he should have, and had the Filipino found an extra gear there's a good chance he could have ended up stopping the local, who looked like he was skilled but very lazy. As it was Baconaje's one paced offense and slow footwork allowed Xia to pick his moments and strike as and when he wanted to. That was enough foe Xia to take the decision win and extend his unbeaten record.
Chinese based Tajik born fighter Avzalbek Kuranbaev (5-1-1, 3) bounced back from a loss last year as he easily saw off the over-matched Wellem Reyk (20-24-4, 6) in a Light Middleweight bout. This was a mismatch from the moment the bout was signed, though given that Kuranbaev had been out of the ring for over a year, and had lost last timeout, we can't complain too much about him getting a confidence builder under his belt.
On paper the best match up on the show was an 8 round bout at 140lbs where talented Chinese hopeful Lei Wang (5-0, 2) took on Filipino Marlon Paniamogan (10-2-1, 5). Through out the bout Wang's class showed, and his ability to pick the right shots at the right time were really impressive. To his credit Paniamogan showed his toughness and desire, but lacked the skills to match the talented Chinese fighter and was rocked in round 3 and 4 by Wang's clean head shots. Although Wang's work rate began to decline in the second half of the fight Paniamogan failed to make him pay and the tempo began to decline rapidly. There was little to get excited about in round 6, the highlight of round 7 saw Wang land a huge bomb on Paniamogan only for the Filipino to eat a follow up combination like it was nothing.
To his credit Paniamogan pressed and pressured through out, but it was mostly ineffective and the better shots certainly came from Wang, who deserved the win and is new WBO Greater China champion at 140lbs.
The main event of this card saw fast rising Chinese Lightweight hopeful Yongqiang Yang (13-0, 10) take on struggling Filipino JR Magboo (18-4-2, 9). Despite losing 3 of his previous 5 Magboo showed ambition early on, and was competitive in the opening round. That ambition was however short lived and when he was dropped in round 2 he looked happy to be counted out, making no effort to beat the count and suffered his third TKO2 loss in 4 fights.
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
QINGDAO,CHINA- The vacant WBO Global lightweight title will be at stake at the TSSG Center on Saturday Nov. 30 when Yongqiang Yang of China clashes with JR Magboo of the Philippines in the twelve round main attraction.
During the official weigh-in held at the fight venue, Yang was at 134 lbs while Magboo was a pound lighter.
Yang (12-0,9KO’s) is unbeaten and previously held the WBO Greater China junior welterweight and WBC ABCO Continental lightweight belts. He has beaten Filipinos Harmonito dela Torre and Ernie Sanchez. Yang’s second round KO victory against Dela Torre happened on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Lucas Matthysse WBA welterweight title bout in Malaysia.
Magboo (18-3-2,9KO’s) is a former IBF Pan Pacific bantamweight titleholder. Coincidentally, in that same card in Malaysia, Magboo fought and lost to Australian George Kambosos,Jr by TKO in the second.
Another top Chinese prospect Lei Wang (4-0,2KO’s), will be gunning for the vacant WBO Greater China junior welterweight title against Filipino Marlon Paniamogan (10-1-1,5KO’s) in an eight round bout.
Three of Wang’s four wins were against Filipinos Anthony Sabalde, Ricky Sismundo and Bryan Macamay. Paniamogan’s only loss was in Japan to Gonte Lee.Both stepped on the scales at 139 lbs.
There will be four undercard bouts – Avzalbek Kuranbaev (Tajikistan) vs Wellem Reyk (Indonesia)- 6 rounds, Xia Lingjie (China) vs Arnel Baconaje (Philippines) – 8 rounds, Mou Xialu (China) vs Brian Lobetania (Philippines) – 8 rounds, Dilixiati Simayi (China) vs Su Pajie (China) – 4 rounds.
Photo - Yang Yongqiang (Left) and JR Magboo pose during the weigh-in
Earlier this month Channel 7 in Thailand changed their policy on showing boxing, deciding they were only taking shows with world title bouts, likely trying to increase the overall quality of boxing that they were showing. The first notable bout to be affected by this took place yesterday, and saw Nop Kratingdaenggym (23-1, 9), aka Anurak Thisa, take on Filipino JR Magboo (17-3-2, 8)in a bout for the WBA Asia Featherweight title.
Originally scheduled for earlier in the month, Channel 7's decision to change how they showed things forced this bout to be delayed and to be shown on Channel 3SD. That's despite the fact that, on paper, it looked a pretty good fight and should have been expected to be competitive.
Sadly for the promoter, who likely would have wanted to use the bout to show CH7 what they were missing out on, the bout turned out to be a bit of a mismatch, with Magboo being stopped in round 2 following a combination, with a body being particularly hurtful to the Filipino.
The win for Nop does put him in a good position to work his way towards a WBA title fight, and was an impressive result, though with the bout now taking place on CH3SD there is a chance that his audience will diminish going forward and that he and his team will need to continually supply better opponents to keep him in the mix.
For Magboo this would have been a very disappointing result, and is his third loss in 4, and his second straight stoppage loss. Maybe he has began to lose his desire or his confidence.
Tomorrow fight fans in Thailand will get the chance to see Nop Kratingdaenggym (22-1, 8), aka Anurak Thisa, take on Filipino JR Magboo (17-2-2, 8), in a really good looking match up for the WBA Asia Featherweight title.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in, and both made weight and passed all their physical examinations.
For fans wanting to watch the bout it will be part of a broadcast on Thai Channel 3SD, being shown live from 14:30 local time.
Interestingly the bout had been announced for an earlier date but was shifted when Thai Channel 7 changed their broadcast policy on boxing, which appears to have made some pretty notable changes to boxing in the country, including pushing this bout backwards and changing the channel of it.
For those interested Channel 3SD is widely available, with Guchill offering a legal and live stream of the channel.
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com)
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