In December 2016 Qiu Xiao Jun (21-4, 10) [裘晓君] suffered his second loss to veteran Nehomar Cermeno, losing a clear 12 round decision bout to the Venezuelan. Since then the Chinese fighter has split with his long term promoter and been inactive, weighing up his options for the future, and for his ring return. Recently his return was confirmed, as part of an upcoming WBC show in Hangzhou on June 9th.
The announcement was that June would end his 18 month from the ring to battle against Thai foe Petch Kokietgym (32-1, 5), AKA Sodsai Phankamkerd, in a bout for the OPBF Silver Super Bantamweight title and a chance to become the top challenger for Japanese veteran Hidenori Otake.
The Dragon, as Jun is known, suffered his two most recent losses in 2016 to Cermeno, being stopped in 12 rounds in June before losing a decision in December. They were his first defeats in more than 3 years, following losses to Jonathan Baat in 2013 and 2012. Between those defeats he had avenged the losses to Baat and become a pretty notable fringe contender thanks to wins over the lieks of Sllvester Lopez and Raymond Commey. The success he was having was leading him on his way to become one of the faces of Chinese boxing, prior to the set backs to Cermeno in bouts for the WBA Super Bantamweight title.
The Thai turned professional in 2007 and won his first 7 before losing to Jason Egera in 2009 in the Philippines. Since then the Thai has gone 25-0 and is unbeaten in around 9 years. On paper that sounds impressice but his level of competition has been poor and Qiu will be the toughest opponent he'll have ever faced in his 33 fight career.
The card is expected to feature other notable fighters but the reality is that Jun's return to the ring is the shows big selling point for the local fans.
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