Over the past couple of days Zovi boxing, in association with CCTV5, have put on a couple of huge Chinese cards to celebrate the new year. The first of those cards, which took place on Thursday was headlined by a bout between former world champion Xiong Zhao Zhong [熊朝忠] and APB champion Lu Bin [呂斌], whilst Friday's card was headlined by one of the most promising Chinese fighters coming through the ranks.
That Chinese fighter was Qiu Xiao Jun (20-2, 9) [裘晓君] who battled with Ghana's Raymond Commey (13-3, 7) in a defense of Jun's WBA International title.
Jun, who was given a brilliant build up ahead of the fight by the "Classy" Jimmy Lennon Jr, looked like he was going to have this one over early when he dropped Commey early on and seemed unable to miss with anything he threw. Through the opening few rounds it was an impressive performance form Jun who looked like a fighter who had come a long way in recent months and had built on his boxing ability, which had been very raw in recent bouts.
Sadly after a good start Jun seemed to fall off the pace, knowing that he was in charge, whilst Commey did very little in terms of offense, preferring to avoid a fight than have one. In fact it wasn't until Commey was forced to fight, part way through round 4, that he seemed to even know how to throw a punch in anger. Sadly for Commey his output during that particular round came as Jun had him pinned on the ropes and looked to unload on him.
As the bout went on the pace continued to drop and despite some moments, mostly when Jun decided to go on the front foot, where there was some action the bout did get rather frustrating to watch with Commey showing little ambition to try and defeat the local and Jun showing no intention of hunting a stoppage. As a result the middle and later rounds became rather tedious with neither man really showing much inclination to force a fight
Although some of the quieter rounds were better than others for Commey there was no argument for him winning the bout, and that was shown on the cards, which all had Jun winning with a score of 118-110.
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