After spending the last few weeks of this series in Japan we’ve decided to go on the road this week and take our treasure Trove over to China for a late year bout between two debutants who put on a genuinely unexpected gem in Qingdao. The bout wasn’t a high profile one, it wasn’t even that got much attention afterwards, but was certainly a tasty post-Christmas treat for those actively following boxing in China. This was just a fun fight that deserves to be seen by far more people than those who saw it the first time around.
Apudureyimu Maimaiti (0-0) vs Xiyuan Liu (0-0)
The bout, at 140lbs, saw Apudureyimu Maimaiti and Xiyaun Liu face off on December 26th as part of a show promoted by SECA Ltd. Neither of fighters really had much at all known about them. In fact other than the two men being debutants there is almost nothing we can really do to try and introduce either man.
The limited bits of information about the two men seemed to suggest that Maimaiti, from Urumqi, was something of an amateur, but his record in the unpaid ranks was poor and incomplete at best. As for Liu we had nothing to go on. Instead we just had to watch the fight, and we’re glad we did.
Straight from the opening seconds the two men went at it. There was no feeling out process at all and instead bombs were being thrown from the very start. Neither man seemed to know what a jab was and despite some holding the action was fast and frenetic with both men deciding their big shots were the key to victory. From early on however it was clear that Maimaiti was the much better boxer, and the one with an amateur background, mixing body shots into his work, and looking to create some space to work. Liu on the other hand just looked like a tough nut wanting to release some pent up frustration after 2020.
The entire first round was just brilliant 2-way action that started fast though did slow down near the end of the round as Maimaiti began to grab control of the action and Liu’s face began to redden.
In round 2 Liu went back on the offensive, as if realising he couldn’t out box Maimaiti and had to turn it back into a war. Sadly for him the tactic backfired with Maimaiti riding shots well, firing back, and breaking down his hungry but flawed foe. That was despite Liu having some genuine success part way through the round. The problem for Liu was he was putting so much into everything he did, he was tiring himself out with effort, and having his face smashed in by Maimaiti’s clean head shots, that left him a swollen mess.
After 2 rounds of wonderful, intense and exciting action this one didn’t get to see the end of round 3 with Liu dumped on his backside within seconds of round 3 starting and the referee knowing there was no point in letting the gutsy take any more punishment.
Sadly the video of the fight does have a blip in it early in round 2, just to make those watching aware.
This series is about the fun and exciting bout that don’t get attention, giving a chance to relive some of the exciting and unheralded bouts that took place last year, with that in mind this is a perfect bout to include and we hope you enjoy this exciting little tear up as much as we did!
Takahiro Onaga is a regular contributor to Asian Boxing and will now be a featured writer in his own column where his takes his shot at various things in the boxing world.