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
In a WBO Oriental Super Featherweight title bout in Shenzhen today we saw Chinese 22 year old Xiao Tao Su (11-1, 6) take on 31 year old Japanese fighter Shota Yukawa (11-6-3, 4)
The opening round saw Yukawa start with some ambition though never really looking like he could could hurt the Chinese local who looked solid, powerful and rocked Yukawa with a left hook mid way through the round.
The shot should have been a warning that Su could hit hard and hurt Yukawa but the Japanese visitor didn't seem to take it as a warning. Only a few seconds later Su landed another left hook, with Yukawa pinned on the ropes, and down went Yukawa, hard. The referee could have counted to 50 and Yukawa wouldn't have beaten the count, he was out.
For Su this was a third KO win this year, and he is now 7-0 (4) since a 2018 loss to Lei Jiang. Notably this is the second time in less than 15 months that Su has taken out a Chinese opponent early on, having upset Riki Hamada last year, and he looks like a legitimate puncher at this level.
As for Yukawa this was his third stoppage loss, but the quickest he has been stopped so far, and ends a 3 fight winning run for him.
BOXERS MAKE WEIGHT IN SHENZHEN
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
Earlier today fight fans at the Differ Ariake, and those watching on Boxingraise, had the chance to see Hironori Mishiro (6-0, 2) [三代大訓] claim his biggest win so far, as he claimed the OPBF Super Featherweight title with a split decision win over Carlo Magali (23-10-3, 12).
The bout was a huge step up in class for Mishiro but he looked calm and confident early on, but had to cope with the aggressive pressure of Magali before finding his rhythm. The aggression of Magali made life uncomfortable, but after 4 rounds the men were level on the scorecards, which were all 38-38.
Mishiro had looked to create some distance, using his significant height and reach, and had had success with his jab and straight, but was holding his own in the trenches with some nasty uppercuts which had bust Magali's nose and caused notable facial swelling on the champion.
In round 5 it was Magali who had a huge break through, rocking the Japanese fighter and pressing him hard. The round was the clearest of the fight and saw Mishiro look ready to drop at one point as he went on the retreat, hands down, and looked like he had forgotten everything he had trained for. Thankfully for him Magali failed to close the show and in round 6 Mishiro seemed to clear his head, before have a small surge in rounds 7 and 8, as Magali began to look tired. Those rounds saw Mishiro sneak his nose ahead on two of the cards, 77-75, whilst the third was even, 76-76, when the scores were announced after 8 rounds.
Magali then knew things were up against him going into the final 4 rounds, the first two of which were razor thin, with Magali looking to up the pressure and Mishiro holding his own. The could have gone either way, but the final two had Magali really put it all out there, as if he knew it was in the balance. Mishiro on the other hand took his foot off the case, looking to avoid another big scare in the final moments.
In the end Mishiro's decision to play safe proved to be a smart one, with the Japanese fighting edging the decision with scores of 115-113 in his favour, twice, whilst the third judge had the bout 115-113 in Magali's favour.
On the under-card there was a bit of a mixed bag for notable fighters. the hard hitting Riki Hamada (7-2, 6) [濱田力] was stopped in 2 rounds by China's Xiao Tao Su (6-1, 3) [苏晓涛], in what was a pretty brutal KO after having already dropped Hamada. Hamada had been sent through the ropes earlier in the round, and Su had got himself deducted a point as he followed up on the prone Japanese. Hamada never really recovered before being laid out only moments later. Shuma Nakazato (7-1-2, 6) [仲里周磨] saw his fight with late replacement Vergil Puton (17-10-1, 8) come to an early conclusion after a clash of heads forced the bout to be stopped after just 2 minutes 30 seconds, resulting in a technical draw.
The real highlight of the supporting card was a thrilling, yet relatively one sided, battle between Katsunori Nagamine (15-2-1, 11) [長嶺克則] and the insanely tough Yujie Zeng (11-8-1, 6) [曾玉洁]. The aggressive Zeng came out with serious belief as he pressed Nagamine from the off, but the Japanese fighter saw out the early pressure and ended up giving Zeng a real beating until the fight was finally stopped in round 7, by a referee who had seen enough punishment for the Chinese fighter. Given his performance we'd like to see a lot more of Zeng, maybe against more competitively matched opponents, as he was really good value here. As for Nagamine he'll be looking for his second title fight shortly, after having lost in a Japanese title fight earlier this year.
(Image courtesy of Sponichi)
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