Earlier today fight fans from around the globe turned their attention to China where the IBF held a special event with a trio of televised bouts, including a world title bout.
The first of the televised bouts saw Chinese female fighter Cai Zong Ju (8-1, 1) [蔡宗菊] claim an excellent decision win over Thailand's former world champion Samson Tor Buamas (37-4, 19) [แซมซั่น ต.บัวมาศ]. Samson had entered the ring first and was seen by many as the favourite given her huge edge in experience, especially at the higher levels, however her style seemed made to order for Ju who boxed on the back foot excellently and claimed a wide decision win, to claim the IBF Inter-Continental Female Minimumweight title.
The second bout sadly saw the local favourite suffer a loss, with former world champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (26-7-1, 14) [熊朝忠] coming up short against Antonio Jimenez (17-5-1, 7), in an IBF Minimumweight world title eliminator. Zhong had success early, and dropped Jimenez in the early stages. Sadly however the Chinese fighter unable to keep up the heat and was out boxed by the much taller Jimenez, who claimed a split decision win over the local fighter, who now likely ends up retiring from the sport and following his historic career.
In the main event fans saw a slight surprise as Johnriel Casimero (22-3, 14) scored a 4th round KO win over previously undefeated Thai Amnat Ruenroeng (17-1, 5) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง] to claim the IBF Flyweight title. Casimero had seemingly lost the first 3 rounds but a crunching left hook upstairs in the early stages of round 4 dropped Amnat who was never able to recover and was stopped soon afterwards from a body shot, that sent Amnat down for the second time.
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