Yesterday Chinese fans at the Yong Chan Arena in Chingqing had the chance to see the latest Zovi boxing card. The card wasn't one of the biggest Zovi cards of the year, but it was certainly notable one with two title bouts, one of which featured one of China's most promising young fighters.
That notable youngster was Bai Shan Bo (8-0-1, 4) [拜山坡], who continued his unbeaten start and successfully retained his WBC Youth Light Welterweight title with a wide decision win against Filipino Nelson Tinampay (9-3-1, 4).
On paper the bout was a step up for Bo, who beat Tackie Annan inside a round for the title back ion February, though it was a step up that he managed to take rather easily. For the Filipino, who was last seen losing against Jonel Gadapan, the bout was a nightmare with Tinampay struggling to have any notable success. with the cards reading 99-90、99-87 and 99-89, with the only real success for Tinampay being a 9-9 round, for round 4. That 9-9 round occured due to a point taken from Bo due to a headclash that forced the referee to deduct a point under the WBC rules.
Tinampay was dropped in round 8 and given a torrid time through several of the earlier rounds.
Whilst this was a good win for the unbeaten 21 year old, it does seem like his team are in no rush to race him through the ranks and will be progressing him slowly and carefully, with each opponent being a slight step up from the last. From what we understand his next opponent will be around the top 100 on boxrec.com, a big step up from Tinampay, but a step up that his team will feel their man can manage.
The other title fight saw Xing Xin Yang (11-4-2, 8) [杨兴新] claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental and PABA Welterweight titles with an 8th round TKO win against Takamori Akita (10-6-1, 8) [藍田 貴義]. Yang set a furious pace to begin and seemed to unsettle Akita with that pace, however the Japanese fighter showed his experience to see out the early storm. It was then that Yang changed his gameplan and started to counter, conserving energy and yet still landing solid blows on Akita.
Having felt that Akita was slowing Yang against forced the action and in round 8 he forced the referee to save the Japanese fighter, who suffered his third stoppage defeat in 17 bouts.
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