Former WBC Minimumweight champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (26-6-1, 14) may have been upset back in February 2014, when he was battered by little known Mexican Oswaldo Novoa, but the Chinese fighter has bounced well and today he claimed one of his most notable victories to date.
The diminutive Chinese fighter was towered over by Filipino foe Crison Omayao (17-10-3, 5) though never really looked in any problems at all as he used his experience and know how to pick apart Omayao over 10 rounds to claim the OPBF Minimumweight title, and defend the WBC International title.
The Filipino did travel with good intent, and it was shown in the early stages, though it didn't take long for Zhong to figure him out and time him with some solid right hands that draw an excited furor from the local fans.
The Chinese fighter, who landed copious clean right hands, always seemed in control but failed to ever hurt Omayao who took all the shots very well. Sadly for Omayao however he seemed to lack his own bite and whatever shots he landed caused no real issue either, and were much less regular than Zhong's.
The control of Zhong's was shown on the scorecards, which read 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93, though the fact that Zhong failed to rattle Omayao is notable, especially when one considers that he was blown out in 115 seconds just 14 months ago, by Kosei Tanaka. Sadly for Zhong however he now looks like to have a target on his back for fighters like Genki Hanai, who may well view him as an easy stepping stone to bigger and better things.
Curiously, for an OPBF title bout, this contest was only for 10 rounds, an issue that certainly raised some eyebrows, though is unlikely to cause any great fuss.
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