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Zhong defeats Martinez; makes history

Becomes first world boxing champion from China

Xiong Zhao Zhong (20-4-1, 11 KOs) of China Unanimously decisioned Javier Martinez Resendiz (13-4-2, 6 KOs) of Mexico to win the vacant WBC minimumweight world title. The bout was fought at a very fast pace and very close throughout the first half of the fight. The second half of the fight Zhong turned it on and really was teeing off on Martinez at times and seemed to be in the brink of at least putting him down. Zhong also opened up a cut over the eye of Martinez. Martinez was game until the end and neither fighter was down in the bout. 116-114 116-112, and 119-110 were the official scores. Zhong became China’s first world champion boxer. The bout took place at the Kunming City Stadium in Kunming, China.

Earlier, in a much tougher fight than expected, former world heavyweight title challenger Okello Peter (21-6, 19 KOs) out of Japan by way of Uganda defeated Washington State resident Freddie Miller (3-7-1, 2 KOs) by way of TKO in round four. Both men were down in round three. Peter had Miller hurt badly against the ropes in the fourth round when the referee stepped in and waved the bout off.

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