Tomorrow in China fans will be able to see WBO Youth Light Flyweight champion Xiang Li (7-2-1, 2) [李翔] defending his title against Japanese challenger Ryu Horikawa (2-0, 1) [堀川龍].
Today the two men took part in their weigh in, and both men made the 108lb limit for the bout.
On the scales the champion, who is looking to defend his title for the first time, was around 107.6lbs at the weigh in today and looked the shorter man.
Horikawa, who is fighting away from home for the first time in his professional career, was slightly heavier, at around 107.8lbs for the contest.
The bout isn't a high profile one, but the winner will certainly be ending the year with a huge boost to their career. A loss here isn't the end, given their ages, but the winner will certainly be expected to have a big 2020. Li is obvious the champion and the local favourite, but Horikawa is a very highly touted youngster and a win for the visitor would certainly not be a huge shock.
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Earlier today we saw confirmation of a Chinese card set for October 17th in Shanghai, China. The card isn't a huge one, but is a very interesting one with several bouts of note featuring at least one fighter who is worthy of attention.
The main event will see world ranked Chinese Flyweight Wulan Tuolehazi (12-3-1, 5) [乌兰] battle against Satoshi Tanaka (7-5, 1) [田中公士].
Tuolehazi, dubbed the "Tianshan Snow Leopard", will be making his second defense of the WBA International Flyweight title that he won back in March in a bout against Ryota Yamauchi. As for Tanaka this will be his first bout outside of Japan and first title bout, and obvious he enters as the big under-dog against a man who is ranked in the top 5 by the WBA and the top 15 by the WBO.
Another significant bout will see WBO Youth Light Flyweight champion Xiang Li (7-2-1, 2) [李翔] take on excellent Japanese challenger Ryu Horikawa (2-0, 1) [堀川龍] in a truly mouth watering match up.
Li won his title back in May, when he defeated Raymong Poon KaiChing in Hong Kong, claiming a number of minor titles including the one he will defend against Horikawa. He has looked promising but this looks like a major step up for him, given that Horikawa was a standout amateur who recently scored a fantastic win over Yuki Nakajima and is tipped to race to the top.
Another bout of interest here will see unbeaten Japanese fighter Hiroki Hanabusa (6-0-2, 2) [英洸貴] take on 23 year old Chinese fighter Ayati Sailike (7-8-2-1, 2) in an 8 round bout. There isn't much to say about the Chinese fighter however Hanabusa won the 2018 All Japan Rookie of the Year and should be regarded as a genuine prospect. A win for Hanabusa on Chinese soil would be a major boost to his fledgling career.
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
Just moments ago in China we saw the first of 3 titles fights from Shenzhen, as the unbeaten Chinese puncher Xiang Li (5-0, 4) clashed with Korean teenager Do Jin Lee (6-3-3) in a very interesting match up for the interim WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver and WBO China National Super Featherweight titles.
In the opening seconds Li applied pressure, and seemed to fight like a man who was confident of taking out the 18 year visitor early doors. That changed however when the boxing skills and counter punching of Lee earned the respect of the Chinese 24 year old, who didn't look comfortable with the southpaw shots of Lee.
Through the first 5 or so rounds Lee held his own, very well, with Li, countering well and pressing when he needed to. The skills of the teenager were really eye catching or such an unheralded youngster who slipped the heavier looking shots of Li.
Sadly though Lee's inexperience in fighter longer bouts appeared to show in round 6 and 7 as Li finally began to gain some notable success, landing some good headshots in the 7th round in particular. That success from the Chinese local continued in round 8, as Lee brought some pressure but was countered by Li who managed to find holes in Lee's defenses. Midway through the round the Chinese fighter finally got the big break through, landing 3 big right hands as he dropped the Korean. The referee started a count but quickly waved off the bout, giving Li the win.
Given that the Korean has gone 1-2-2 in his previous 5 this was a very credible performance and a much better outing than his clear loss to Mirai Naito in June. He showed, over 5 rounds, that he was a talented young fighter, but the distance really got to him. We'd love to see him in short bouts as there is plenty of natural talent there.
This is the second time this year that Li's boxing ability failed to shine, but his power showed and there is a real natural puncher here, but he needs some polish before stepping up in class. If he can work on his accuracy and timing, as well as his defense, he could find himself having solid success in regional bouts, though we would be very surprised if he was to ever reach world level.
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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