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.
Please note - Today's show from the Korakuen Hall won't be televised until this coming week, when G+ will televise the card "as live". As a result of not wanting to ruin the broadcast for those wanting to watch we'll be leaving this disclaimer in and begin with out results article from the third paragraph. We will, also, be uploading the videos after the show is broadcast in mid-week. So again, for those wanting to watch the fights as live in video section, do not read beyond this paragraph.
Today at the Korakuen Hall Teiken put on the next show under the long established Dynamic Glove banner, and it was one with a number of prospects in action and a few good match ups on paper. It was however one with a weak main event that was put together on later notice due to a fight being ruled off as a visiting fighter from South Africa was unable to secure a visa in time., and was certainly open to criticism given the fact that the late replacement hadn't been able to put up much of a fight in 4 previous visits to Japan.
So lets begin by talking about that main event bout which saw Kenichi Ogawa (24-1-0-1, 18) [尾川 堅一] easily over-come Filipino visitor Glenn Medura (10-6-1, 6), who was a late replacement for South African Azinga Fuzile (14-0, 8). Medura was dropped twice before retiring in his corner at the end of round 4, and had posed very little threat for Ogawa, who will now face Fuzile in September in an IBF world title eliminator.
The main support bout saw Shuya Masaki (13-1, 5) [正木脩也] take a shut out 10 round win over Filipino youngster Al Toyogon (10-4-1, 6), in what will go down as one of Masaki's best wins. Earlier in the year with saw Toyogon ask some questions of Ryo Sagawa but here he looked very poor against a red hot Masaki, who himself showed improvements from a couple of frustrating recent bouts. Masaki will clearly be hunting a title bout in the near future, and a rematch with Hironori Mishiro, the current OPBF champion, is a bout that makes a lot of sense for the Teiken fighter. Mishiro however, may, have different plans.
In a Japanese Welterweight bout Riku Nagahama (10-2-1, 4) [長濱陸] managed to take a decision win over Masaya Tamayama (12-2, 6) [玉山将也], in what is among the very best wins for Nagahama. This was a hotly contested bout with Nagahama taking the narrow decision, 77-75, twice, and 77-76, and kicking off with a win following his recent move to the Kadoebi gym. Another close 8 round bout saw the touted Hayate Kaji (13-0, 9) [梶颯] squeak a win over Japanese based Filipino veteran Rey Orais (20-19-2, 5) with a split decision. Kaji, who came through the Rookie of the Year a few years ago and looked like a star in the making, struggled to hurt Orais who showed his veteran experience and perhaps deserved the upset here. Kaji really needs to get his career sorted as this is not the first time he has come close to suffering a defeat and it seems only a matter of time before he comes up short.
In a really interesting test former amateur stand out Kuntae Lee (2-0, 1) [李 健太] was forced to work for a win over the previously unbeaten Filipino Marlon Paniamogan (9-1-1, 5). Lee looked to always be in control, though Paniamogan refused to go away and was certainly the type of test Lee deserved after his debut, which saw his opponent really look out of of his depth. Lee showed off good technical boxing, sharp punching, but still, clearly, needs time to develop his professional style, and a bout like this will serve as a major tool in shaping him and correcting his flaws.
It was a much easier day for fellow amateur stand out Mikito Nakano (3-0, 3) [中野幹士], who blitzed Arvin Yurong (12-4, 3) in 2 rounds, in a very impressive performance. Young had been stopped 3 times prior to this, but had managed to ask questions last time of Xiang Li and in China. Today however Young was taken out mid-way through round 2 from a pair of Nakano right hooks. This was the sort of test Nakano needed and the sort that saw him stamp what he can do in the mind of fans.
To begin the show Takayoshi Suzuki (4-1-1, 1) [鈴木敬祥] scored an opening round win over Tsuyoshi Naito (4-5-4, 2) [内藤 剛], with Naito retiring at the end of the round.
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