Earlier today in China fans got to see promising Filipino southpaw Mark Gil Melligen (19-4-1, 10) claim the WBO Oriental Featherweight title in impressive fashion.
Melligen was fighting the recognisable name of Thailand's Petchsamuthr Duanaaymukdahan (8-3, 1), who had previously taken the touted Puerto Rican Felix Verdejo the 6 round distance in a bout in Macau. This time around however Petchsamuthr couldn't even see out the 4th round as he was stopped for the first time in his career.
The Thai had sadly been struggling with the Featherweight limit. At the original weigh in he was 131lbs, a full 5lbs over the limit. Having been given 2 hours to lose the excess weight Petchsamuthr came back at 126lbs and as a result was forced to wear bigger, heavier gloves.
It's unlikely the gloves were the reason for his loss but the weight issue certainly won't have helped him here and his punch resistance looked gone from early in the bout. Petchamuthr was down in round 3 before being stopped by referee Danrex Tapdasan, Esq. at the 2 minute mark of the 4th round.
Whilst we wish to congratulate Melligen on this victory it needs to be said that Petchsamuthr really shouldn't dream about fighting at anything lower than Super Featherweight in the future, in fact we'd be shocked to see him fighting any lower than Lightweight where actually seems comfortable. If the Thai intends to try and make 126lbs again in the future we'd really worry about his health.
On the same show Chinese fans got to see their very own Yang Xing Xin (8-3-2, 5) claim the WBC Youth Welterweight title courtesy of a 10 round decision over Nelson Gulpe (8-2, 3). We're unsure on how this bout actually went but the score cards all had the 21 year old Xin a clear winner. Whilst we believe Xin is better than his record looks it's hard to say just how good, or bad, he actually is.
(Image, of Melligen, is courtesy of boxrec.com)
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