By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
QINGDAO,CHINA- Tanzanian Abdallah Paziwapazi upset the hometown favorite Zulipikaer Maimaitiali of China in their battle for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title.
Both boxers threw bombs after the opening bell but both also showed tough chins in the early going. Close quarter exchanges continued in the second round much to the delight of the fans who gathered at the TSSG Center.
In the third round, Zulipikaer had Paziwapazi hurt but as he moved in, the Tanzanian landed a crisp left to the jaw that sent the Chinese boxer crashing to the canvas. Zulipikaer got up on shaky legs and had saliva pouring out of his mouth. Referee Sawaeng Thaweekoon of Thailand allowed the fight to continue and Paziwapazi poured it on prompting the stoppage. The time - 1:23.
The Tanzanian corner celebrated. This was reminiscent of Paziwapazi’s win in Shanghai in 2016, a third round stoppage of Russian Andrey Kalyuzhny. Paziwapazi is now 26-6-1,23KO’s while Zulipikaer drops to his second loss at 11-2-1,7KO’s.
The WBO fight was supervised by WBO VP for Asia Pacific Leon Panoncillo. This regional bout served as the main event of the first of a two-day fight card promoted by SECA and Top Rank.
For the undercards:
Filipino Jesson Inso (10-8-1,3KO’s) lost to China’s Mielifeier Dalielibieke (7-1,6KO’s) in round five of a six rounder. Mielifeier dropped Inso with a hard uppercut to the midsection and Referee Han Honxiang reached the ten count with Inso on all fours.
Zhang Xianhai beat Lu He by unanimous decision, Li Jiaming won by fourth round TKO against Gao Yiping, Xia Huadong lost in pro debut by unanimous verdict to Dilixiati Simayi and Morocco’s Ayoub Grine stopped Jia Xibei in the opening round.
PHOTO – Abdallah Paziwapazi celebrates his win in Qingdao
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
QINGDAO,CHINA- Zulipikaer Maimaitiali of China and Tanzania’s Abdallah Paziwapazi will headline the first day of a back to back boxing show at the TSSG Center in Qingdao. They will dispute the vacant WBO Asia Pacific supermiddleweight title on Friday August 30.
During the official weigh-in held at the fight venue, Maimaitiali easily made weight at 166 lbs while the shorter Tanzanian was surprisingly five pounds over. According to the rules he was given two hours to make weight and amazingly he made the weight limit of 168 lbs.
Maimaitiali (11-1-1,7KO’s) is known for pushing Olympic bronze medalist Vijender Singh of India to the limit before losing a majority decision in Mumbai, India in 2017. That fight showed Maimaitiali to have a lot of upside, considering his young age and lack of exposure overseas. Paziwapazi (26-6-1,22KO’s) will be looking to duplicate his performance in Shanghai in 2016 when he stopped Russian Andrey Kalyuzhny in three rounds on the undercard of a Top Rank and SECA promoted fight card.
The undercards will feature Filipino Jesson Inso (10-7-1,3KO’s) who will face China’s Mielifeier Dalielibieke (6-1,5KO’s) in six rounder. Also set to see action are Chinese boxers Zhang Xianhai vs Lu He, Li Jiaming vs Gao Yiping, Xia Huadong vs Dilixiati Simayi and Ayoub Grine vs Jia Xibei.
The second of competitions on August 31 will be headlined by the IBO and WBC regional bout between China’s Ainiwaer Yilixiati and Japan’s Ryosuke Maruki and the WBO Greater China fight between Yu Che Li and Qiang Ma.
Photo – Zulipikaer Maimaitiali (left) and Abdallah Paziwapazi during the weigh-in supervised by WBO VP for Asia Pacific Leon Panoncillo.
Earlier today fight fans in India giot the chance to see local hero Vijender Singh (9-0, 7) score the biggest win of his career, as he narrowly saw off determined Chinese slugger Zulpikaer Maimaitiali (8-1-1, 6) [祖力皮卡尔·买买提艾力] in Mumbai, and unified the WBO Asia Pacific and Oriental titles.
The Indian started well, using his legs well and making the most of his hand speed advantage to to counter the Chinese fighter, who looked to apply pressure but wasn't quite quick enough in the early stages to have much success. The following round 2 the action picked up with both men having their moments. It seemed like Singh was fearful of Maimaitiali's power, but did pick his moments to stand and fight.
In round 3 Singh's respect of his foe's power seemed to really be the key with Singh deciding to get on his bike more. The same was true for much of round 4, with the Chinese fighter being warned late in the round for a low blow. Another low blow in round 6 caused the referee to deduct a point from the Chinese fighter.
The final few rounds seemed to show a more and more tired looking Singh on back foot, retreating, holding and spoiling. That gave Maimaitiali a chance tohave a real charge and he did just that, seemingly scoring a knockdown late on, though it wasn't ruled one.
At the end of 10 rounds it was clear the bout had been really competitive, even if it wasn't the most exciting or action packed. That was shown when the cards were announced with scores of 96-93 and 95-94, twice. Essentially with the point deduction costing the Chinese fighter a draw.
Although Singh did win, he didn't look good and it's clear he's not going to reach the top of the sport. As for the Chinese fighter, it's unlikely he'll go on to win a world title, but on this performance, and given his age and inexperience, there is real potential for him to improve and develop into a genuinely good fighter.
This coming weekend fight fans in India will be able to see national star Vijender Singh (8-0, 7) battle with Chinese foe Zulipikaer Maimaitiali (8-0-1, 6) [祖力皮卡尔·买买提艾力] in a bout to unify the WBO Oriental and WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight titles.
Thankfully it's been announced that the fight won't be limited to an Indian audience and in fact the bout will be aired live in the UK on Sony Max UK, making history with the bout being the first ever to air on the channel.
The bout, dubbed "Battle of Asia" is set to crown the best Super Middleweight in the region and is expected to do insane numbers in terms of viewing figures, with China and India accounting for more than 2.8 billion people. That figure totally disregards America and Europe with the bout being aired in both regions courtesy of Sony, who have acquired rights for the bout in multiple markets.
For those in the UK andwith Sky TV the channel is available for free, whilst SKY HD customers will be able to watch the bout on Sony MAX HD.
Boxing hasn't yet really come to life in either China, the world's most populous country, or India, the world's second most populated country. Potentially they could both become massive players in the sport, and although neither has yet really made a lot of noise it's nice to see both countries are developing some notable talent in recent years and that they are both moving forward in their growth of the sport.
According to reports in India the two countries are set to clash in early August as Indian boxing star Vijender Singh (8-0, 7) battles with Chinese foe Zulipikaer Maimaitiali (8-0-1, 6) [祖力皮卡尔·买买提艾力] in a bout to unify two WBO regional titles.
The bout, which is expected to take place in Mumbai, would see the local favourite make his second defense of the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title, which he won last July against Kerry Hope in New Dehli, whilst the Chinese visitor would be hunting his first defense of the WBO Oriental Super Middleweight title, which he also won last July.
Singh is by and away the biggest name in Indian professional boxing. There is no one that comes close to matching him domestically in terms of skills or popularity, but he has been inactive since December and at 31 he likely doesn't have time on his side to develop. Instead his team are going to have to put him in dangerous bouts, and this is certainly a tough one, especially after an lengthy lay off. Prior to turning professional he was a top class amateur who had competed at the highest level for years.
Aged 22 the Chinese fighter has shown a lot of promise, but is stepping up massively and will be fighting outside of the Chinese region for the first time, with all his bouts either taking place in China or Macau so far. He was last in the ring in April, and has been realtive inactive since the start of 2016, fitting 6 fights into 2015 but fighting only 3 times since. A win here for him would see his profile increase massively, and be a huge shot in the arm for Chinese boxing, which is bubbling, but has yet to really break through into being a major sport there, with only a handful of notable events every year.
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