Don King brought World Championship Boxing to China on Friday night, November 7th. In an action packed card that featured several of boxing's superstars, China fresh off of hosting the summer Olympic games was treated to another major event.
King took a bunch of heavyweights, some straw weights and a five time World Champion with him to the Sichuan Gymnasium in Chengdu. Let’s not forget the women’s Middleweight Championship bout was also showcased.
King promoted this event as “We Are Together,” which in English translation of Wo Men Zai Yi Qi—the Chinese people used this saying to lift the spirits of the people who were affected by May’s devastating earthquake in Sichuan Province near Chengdu which registered 8.0 on the Richter scale.
The heavies were featured on this night in China, 40-year-old Andrew Golota, who has fought four heavyweight World Championship matches, including three in a row during 2005 and 2006.
Golota took on Ray “The Rainman” Austin, a giant 6-foot-6-inch puncher who weighs just below 250 pounds. Austin to the surprise of the crowd dropped Golota to the canvas with his first punch seconds into the fight. Austin beat Golota up for the remainder of the round.
During his first round pounding, Golota suffered an elbow injury which precluded him from coming out for the second round. Austin was declared the winner by TKO.
In a WBC heavyweight elimination bout Jameel “Big Time” McCline (38-9-1, 23 KOs), from New York, was matched against one of Chicago’s best young punchers, “Merciless” Mike Mollo (19-2, 12 KOs).
The match did not produce much action as both fighters lacked output. McCline however, was able to demonstrate to the judges more fire-power and went on to score a unanimous decision victory by the scores of 114-113, 116 -111, and 116-111.
Juan Palacios from Nicaragua defeated Japanese challenger Teruo Misawa with a seventh-round technical knockout to keep his WBC interim straw weight belt. Palacios (25-2, 20 KOs) dropped Misawa with a barrage of punches along the ropes, Misawa (18-5) was able to beat the count.
Palacios continued his attack when the bout continued, the referee had to stop the contest at 2:28 in the seventh of a scheduled 12-round bout. It was Palacios’ first defense of his title after winning the Interim Championship with 10th round KO win against Omar Soto in August. Misawa has now suffered losses in his last two fights.
Legendary World Champion Marco Antonio Barrera, a five time World Champion in three weight divisions, made his return to the ring as a lightweight against Sammy Ventura. It did not take Barrera long to get into his fighting groove, Barrera demonstrated his great body punching abilities and took down Ventura twice in the fourth round to advance his record to 64 -6.
As an added addition for the Chinese boxing fans top prospect undefeated Devon Alexander took on Sun Haeng Lee. The WBC number one ranked Alexander looked like a champion by dismantling Lee.
After seeing Lee take a grueling beating for three rounds referee Ramirez stopped the punishment in the fourth round giving Alexander another victory. Alexander improved to 16- 0 winning 9 of them by KO.
In a Women’s Middleweight Championship bout Wang Yan Nan defeated Akondaye Fountain by unanimous decision. After surviving a third round knock down Wang cruised to victory by the scores of 95-94, 98-91, and 97-92.
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