It's certainly been a bad year for Chinese boxing which has seen 3 of it's contenders come up short in world title bouts. We've seen Ma Yi Ming get blitzed by WBA "interim" Light Flyweight champion Randy Petalcorin, Olympic champion Zou Shiming get befuddled by IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng and the "Wildman" of Chinese boxing Ik Yang come up short against slippery Argentinian Cesar Rene Cuenca.
Despite those set backs it does look like the Chinese scene will continue to develop and arguably the next in line is Super Bantamweight contender Qiu Xiao Jun (18-2, 8) who recorded his 10th straight win, and his 4th stoppage in 5 bout, earlier today by taking out Filipino foe Diarh Gabutan (19-5-3, 10) in the 6th round.
Jun was entering the bout as the WBC "Silver" Super Bantamweight champion, and the #1 ranked contender, and was looking to defend the belt for the first time, following a win over Silvester Lopez in February to win the title. He was supposed to shine whilst also picking up some much needed experience against a counter-punching southpaw. Sadly though he failed to shine, despite picking up a very notable KO win.
The first started slowly, it seemed that both fighters were trying to get a read on their opponent. It was a round a round won by Jun but the Chinese fighter did little to really impress. The second round saw the pace up slightly with Jun showing his aggressiveness and power, though Gabutan never seemed in any trouble as he used intelligent footwork and movement to remain relatively safe.
In round 3 we had the bouts most exciting round as Jun came forward from the off and appeared to hurt a stoppage in the opening moments. He was however showing his flaws as well as his aggression and slipped as the men exchanged shots. The slip stopped his assault and seemed to really dent his confidence as he did very little for the rest of the round, other than slip again later on. The excitement from the early portion of the round was fun, but short lived.
The power of the Chinese fighter was on show early on in round 4 as he landed a bomb but that was his highlight of the round as Gabutan did enough to remain safe for the rest of the round. Then we had a real change in momentum as Jun sleep-walked through round 5, giving the round away without landing a punch of note. Gabutan didn't land a lot himself, but was the man doing all the work. Jun, despite his talent didn't seem to bother at all in the round.
The start of round 6 seemed to suggest that the fight was dying. For the first minute nothing happened. It genuinely did seem like both fighters were happy to cruise and avoid each other in the ring. Suddenly however Jun got Gabutan on the ropes and a miss from Gabutan gave Jun an opening to land a hard and spiteful left hook to the Filipino who was dropped instantly. Although looking like he had his senses Gabutan decided to stay down for he count.
Jun is now penciled in to make his European debut on November 7th in Monaco against Frenchman Amor Belahdj Ali (14-3-1, 2).
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