This past Wednesday may have seen Xiong Zhao Zhong lose his WBC Minimumweight world title but it wasn't all bad news for China courtesy of Xu Chun Yan (4-3, 1) who managed to claim the female WBC International Featherweight title with a stunning victory over the well regarded Lindsay Garbatt (8-7-2, 3).
Although Yan came in to the fight as the major under-dog she showed her fighting spirit and speed to rack up a number of rounds in the early portion of the fight. Unfortunately for Yan she lacked the power to match her speed and although she was winning rounds she was wearing herself out with flurries of light shots on Garbatt.
Garbatt, knowing she was in a hole, tried to fight back hard down the stretch and with the knowledge that Yan was tiring, slowing and had little left to bother her she really did try and force the issue. The aggressive and rough nature of Garbatt did see Yan taken to the canvas several times as her legs started to fail her, but by then it seemed Yan, with the home crowd behind her, had done enough for the victory.
The scorecards, which read 95-95, 96-94 and, inexplicably, 99-91 favoured Yan to take the majority decision and the title.