Earlier today in Qingdao, China there was a new OPBF "Silver" Welterweight champion being crowned, as China's Youli Dong (16-2-1, 9) [董有礼] took a decision over Korean foe In Duck Seo (12-3-2, 7) [서인덕].
The bout, the main event of a SECA/Top Rank card, began with Dong getting a surprise knockdown within just a few seconds, as he dropped Seo with a jab. Dong seemed to build on the early knockdown through much of the round but it wasn't long until Seo started to come back at him as the bout started to warm, both men began to unload heavy shots at the other.
Although both were through bombs, it wasn't all action, as they both seemed to take it in turns to let their hands go, giving us action in exciting spots, and then both resetting before the next mini-skirmish.
Despite not being the most intense fight both were landing clean and the clean shots were taking their toll, with both men tiring in the middle rounds, and both showing the scars of battle on their faces as the bout went on. Dong's nose was bloodied by round 5, and blood was smeared across his face by the end of the round, whilst Seo's face was marking up. Not only were both showing signs of damage but as they tired and slowed their footwork began to get worse and the back and forths came more and more frequently, as Seo's pressure began to catch up with Dong.
With Seo bringing the pressure it it was down to Dong to deal with it, and that's what he did, for the most part, with smart footwork, clean and effective punching and good upper body movement, making the Korean miss. Dong could never stop the forward march of Seo, who never looked like going down for a second time, but he was finding the space and timing to out box the clumsy Korean.
Unlike many OPBF title fights this one was only scheduled for 10 and it was in that round that both men let their hands go more freely, giving us one of the rounds of the fight. Despite the effort from Seo he had clearly not done enough over all, and it was no surprise when Don'g hand was raised and the belt was strapped around his waste.
For Seo this is a second loss after his huge up KO against Tysinn Best last year. as for Dong this was a second straight win and sees him continue to rebuil following his loss in Namibia to Mikka Shonena, back in August 2019.
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