Chinese boxing took a huge hit today as Qiu Xiao Jun (20-3, 9) [裘晓君] suffered a 12th round TKO loss to veteran fighter Nehomar Cermeno (24-5-1, 14) in a bout for the WBA Super Bantamweight title. Whilst that was a massive let down for Chinese fans it wasn't the only world title fight in China for the day, nor was it the only upset.
The other saw previously unbeaten Dominican slugger Javier Fortuna (29-1-1-1, 21) suffer a very unexpected 11th round stoppage defeat to Jason Sosa (19-4-1, 15), and in turn lose the WBA Super Featherweight title giving the division the second shake up in recent months.
Fortuna was the big betting favourite and was expected to record a second defense of the title. The Dominican however seemed to over-look Sosa who began his career 4-1-3, and in the 11th round Sosa managed to dropped Fortuna who was unable to convince the referee that he was fit to continue.
Prior to the bout there was rumours form Japan that Takashi Uchiyama (24-1-1, 20) [内山 高志] was seeking a bout with the winner, which was expected to be Fortuna, eventually pitting the two men together follow frustrating negotiations between the two men earlier this year. The loss for For Fortuna however leaves him looking to bounce back, whilst Uchiyama himself may be able to immediately bounce back from his own upset loss to Jezreel Corrales earlier in the year.
Staying in China it was also a successful day for Englishman Ian Lewison (12-2-1, 8) who stopped China's Zhi Yu Wu (7-1, 1) in 2 rounds to claim the vacant WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight title.
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