Asian Professional Boxing Championship on 12 May Headlining Raymond Poon for HK’s historic Youth World Title


DEF Promotion is pleased to announce 3 professional boxing events in 2019, commencing with the 1st Asian Professional Boxing Championship on 12th May at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Raymond Poon (7-1, 4KOs) is competing for the WBO Youth Light Flyweight Title, Hong Kong first ever youth world title in professional boxing, against Chinese boxer Li Xiang (5-2-1, 2KOs). This event will also gather elite boxers from the Cross-Strait four regions, Japan and Philippines. Such boxers include the 2017 All-Nippon Rookie of the Year Ren Sasaki, the WBA Asia East Champion Ma Ge’an from China, the 2018 World University Championship silver medalist Hong Chuan Hsun from Taiwan, and the OPBF Youth Champion Cheong Lap Cheong from Macau.

23-year-old Raymond Poon—who has been aiming to become Hong Kong’s first ever Youth World Champion since making his professional debut back in May 2016—is now just one step away from realizing his dream. Raymond will be fighting for the vacant WBO Youth World Title, as well as defending his WBC ABCO Continental Title against Li. He is currently holding a 2-month training camp in the Philippines in order to prepare himself for the largest fight of his career.

Raymond’s opponent Li Xiang is a teammate of the current WBA World Lightweight Champion Xu Can. Although he is only twenty years old, he was once a member of the Guizhou Provincial Team and sparring partner of their national representative He Junjun. After leaving the team for family reasons, he proceeded to work two full time jobs in order to support himself. His return to the ring fulltime, this time as a professional, came in 2017. 17 months after his professional debut, he captured the WBA China Youth Minimumweight, and competed for the WBC ABCO Continental Title last September, losing by decision.

Tickets priced at HK$380, HK$580, HK$880, HK$1,280, HK$1,880 and HK$2,880 are now available for sale at HK Ticketing (www.hkticketing.com).

Asian Professional Boxing Championship
Date: 12th May 2019 (Sunday)
Time: Starting from 6PM
Venue: Hall 5G, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai

Key bouts: Raymond Poon (7-1, 4KOs) (HKG) vs. Li Xiang (5-2-1, 2KOs) (CHN)
WBO Youth World Light Flyweight Title
WBC ABCO Continental Light Flyweight Title

Ren Sasaki (8-0, 5KOs) (JPN) vs. Ma Ge’an (6-0, 1KO) (CHN)
8 Rounds in Featherweight

Nanako Suzuki (3-1, 1KO) (JPN) vs. Renz Dacquel (1-0) (PHI)
6 Rounds in Light Flyweight

Tom Taw (4-1, 2KOs) (UK) vs. Jeremy Lee (1-0) (HKG)
4 Rounds in Middleweight

Hong Chuan Hsun (2-0, 1KO) (TW) vs. Zhou Zhiqiang (Debut) (CHN)
4 Rounds in Super Flyweight

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