Earlier this month numerous Chinese sources reported that Yongqiang Yang (13-0, 10) [杨永强], was set to challenge WBO Super Featherweight champion Jamel Herring (21-2, 10) in February. It now appear that that bout is not taking place, though Yang is still set to get a very interesting bout regardless.
The unbeaten Chinese fighter is instead set to face off with former WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (26-2-1, 14) [伊藤 雅雪], in what would seem like a pretty obvious world title eliminator, between rising unbeaten and former champion.
For Yang the bout is a major step up in class, with his best win to date being a controversial one against former Ito foe Takuya Watanabe, whilst it will be Ito's second bout since losing the WBO title to Herring earlier this year.
The bout will be part of a show in early February in China, set to be headlined by Jose Carlos Ramirez (25-0, 17) and Viktor Postol (31-2, 12), with Yang obviously drawing out the local support to fill the venue in Haikou.
According to Chinese sources the unbeaten Yongqiang Yang (13-0, 10) [杨永强], who is little known outside of China, will head into the new year with one clear aim. To beat WBO Super Featherweight champion Jamel Herring (21-2, 10).
Prior to Yang's recent win over Filipino fighter JR Magboo the Chinese fighter's team had told the Chinese press that the bout with Magboo was expected to be his final one before Herring in 2020.
Since that win other Chinese sources have stated that not only is Yang chasing that bout but he is said to have been given a date for it, with sources reporting the bout has been pencilled in for February 2020 2nd, with the bout rumoured to be taking place in Haikou.
The bout would see Yang dropping in weight, from Lightweight to Super Featherweight for the contest, and would also be Herring's second defense of the title, which he won last May against Masayuki Ito.
Incidentally the date, which has been given as "February 2nd" by Chinese sources actually matches up rather interestingly to the previously announced showdown between Jose Carlos Ramirez (25-0, 17) and Viktor Postol (31-2, 12), with the Super Featherweight bout potentially being the lead support bout to the Ramirez vs Postol clash.
Whilst the Ramirez Vs Postol bout is set for February 1st, it could well be that the bout will be taking place on Sunday morning in China, and Saturday night in the US.
It's worth noting that several reliable Chinese news sources have been reporting this story since the weekend and although the bout hasn't been confirmed in the west we do suspect the Chinese have got this one right and that the bout will be announced in the coming weeks, with the winner potentially being set to face Carl Frampton later in the year.
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.
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