When an opponent is changed at late notice you typically don't expect the replacement opponent to be very. We saw an example of that earlier today in China as the WBC Minimumweight champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (22-4, 12) successfully retained his title for the second time.
Originally scheduled to fight Australian based Omari Kimweri it looked likely that Zhong would face a genuine test. Sadly Kimweri was ruled out of the fight a few days ago due to "passport issues" and instead Zhong took on Thailand's limited Lookrak Kiatmungmee (7-5, 4).The limitations of Kitamungmee were evident from the off as Zhong just walked through the Thai's limp looking jabs.
The Thai, to his credit, tried to use his height and reach advantages but sadly lacked the power to back up the tough and strong Zhong who soon found his way inside the challenger.
On the inside there was no competition. Kiatmugnee had no idea what to do to cope with the short shots inside by the champion who was targeting the body with both hands. Unfortunately for the Thai these body shots were destroying him both physically and mentally and after just 3 rounds Kiatmugmee was looking like a scared fighter. He knew he had no answers lacked the ability to change the action.
With the champion firmly in control after 4 rounds it was beginning to look like the bout would last as long as Zhong wanted it too. As it turned out Zhong didn't want it to last long and continued the attack to the Thai's midsection eventually dropping the Thai. Kiatmugmee showed his bravery by getting up but was soon sent crumbling to the canvas for the 10 count.
For Kiatmugmee this was his one chance in front of the bright lights and television cameras, for Zhong however this could be a regular thing. Hopefully, if it is a regular thing, Zhong will be facing better opponents than this next time out.
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