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Chinese boxer makes history

Xiong Zhao Zhong has become the first Chinese boxer to win a professional boxing "world" title.

Zhong won the vacant WBC minimumweight title when he beat Javier Martinez Resendez of Mexico on points in Kunming on Saturday night.

Boosting his record to 20-4-1, including 11 knockouts, Zhong won on points – 119-110; 116-112 and 116-114. Resendez dropped to 13-4-2, with 6 stoppage wins.

In Hammond, Indiana, Russian heavyweight Andrey Fedosov took his record to 23-2; 18 by beating former NABA light-heavyweight champion Rodney Moore (17-7-2; 7) by 79-72 and 80-81 on the other cards.

In Chelyabinsk, Russia, Anton Novikov remained undefeated by beating Karlo Tabaghua on points to win the vacant WBC silver welterweight title. Nivokov now stands at 25-0; 10 and Karlo dropped to 18-3; 13.

In another welterweight bout, Alan Kozaev won the vacant WBC Baltic welterweight title when he stopped Behzod Voronin in the ninth round.

Kozaev improved his record to 27-0, wins 7 knockouts. Nabiev now stands at 21-2-1; 15.

Super-bantamweight Raul Aghayev won the WBC Baltic light-flyweight title and moved to 9-1; 3 when he beat Yuriy Voronin (27-16-2; 18) to take the vacant WBC Baltic title.


Managua, Nicaragua: Light-flyweight Yader Cardoza (13-4; 4) outscored Jose Agulilar over ten rounds to win the vacant WBC Latino title.

Buenos Aires: Ezequiel Victor Fernandez improved his record to 12-0; 2 when he outpointed Diego Alberto Chaves (11-2-2; 5) over ten rounds to win the vacant WBC Mundo Hispano super-featherweight title

Veteran featherweight Sergio Manuel Medina (37-5-1; 21) won the vacant WBC Mundo Hispano title when he beat Sergio Ariel Estrela (15-8-2; 9) on points over ten rounds.

Kobe, Japan: Teiru Kinoshita (15-0-1; 3) won the Japanese super-flyweight title when he beat Kenji Oba (22-1-2) on points over ten rounds.

Bangkok, Thailand: Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat moved to 43-2; 28 and retained the PABA bantamweight title when he knocked out Jilo Merlin (12-13-2; 2) in the eighth round of a fight scheduled for twelve at the Bangkok University.

Tijuana, Mexico: Super-bantamweight Daniel Rosas improved to 15-0; 1 when he knocked out Eduardo (Garcia 25-10; 13) in the third round.


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