After a tremendous victory over Thai boxer Awirut Chaladloes (5-2-1, 4KOs), DEF Promotions’ 22-year-old boxer Raymond Poon (7-1, 3KOs) has brought back home a new belt, the WBC Youth Intercontinental Light Flyweight title. Through his victory he was also able to successfully defend both his WBC ABCO Continental Light Flyweight Title and his ABF Light Flyweight Title.
Raymond faced the 18-year-old Chaladloes in the Grand Hall of Wynn Palace on the 31st of December 2018. He knocked Chaladloes down twice in the third round, resulting with the referee stopping the fight 95 seconds into the round. This marked Raymond’s seventh victory, as well as being the new WBC Youth Intercontinental title holder. What’s equally as important is proof to the WBC committee that Raymond should be considered as a serious contender to the Youth World title.
Jay Lau, CEO of DEF Promotions, was highly impressed with his performance. “He has really shown his true colours as a tough and highly determined professional these past two months. Just two weeks before the fight, he had caught the flu, yet he didn’t feel discouraged in the slightest and continued to train hard. His fighting spirit is truly commendable. We are now working on a home event for the 12th of May 2019, and I hope to have Raymond compete for a Youth World Title fight for the first time.”
“I am not going to stop until I achieve my dream of becoming Hong Kong’s first Youth World Champion. It doesn’t matter whether Ryoya Ikema is still the title holder, or if it is vacant. I will pursue my dreams unwaveringly with 120 percent effort,” remarked Raymond in the post-fight press conference. He also gave acknowledgement to the sponsors, “Jay and Team DEF have been the driving force of my career and have given me the opportunity to fully focus on the fight. I also want to give my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all the sponsors such as Tai Hing Roast Group, Olympian City, ELEEELS and other private parties.”