A few weeks ago we had heard rumours that WBA interim Light Flyweight champion Randy Petalcorin (22-1-1, 17) would be defending his belt in China in April. The rumour, at the time, was that Petalcorin would be defending in Shanghai on April 23rd against a yet to be named opponent.
On Sunday that rumour was proven to be wrong, though it wasn't far off, as news broke that Petalcorin would actually be defending his in Beijing on April 24th.
Sadly for fans hoping to see Petalcorin battle a notable name they'll be left disappointed as the Filipino puts his belt on the line against the relatively unknown Chinese southpaw Ma Yi Ming (12-5, 7). Ming only really came to our attention late last year when he defeated Indonesian veteran Tommy Seran to claim the WBO Asia Pacific title. It was Mind's first Light Flyweight title, though he had previously held the WBO China Zone title at Flyweight. The win over Seran was Ming's 9th in a row and although it ended a 4 fight stoppage run it was his best to date, by some margin. Notably that run of wins has really turned Ming's career around after a torrid 3-5 start which saw him being matched with fighters like Wanheng Menayothin and Jonathan Baat.
Although Ming is on a good run and will be fighting at home he will be viewed as the big under-dog against the talented Petalcorin who won the title last August when he scored a 7th round TKO win against Walter Tello, in what is the best win on his record. Notably that win came in Shanghai in what is Petalcorin's only previous bout in China.
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