Chinese boxer Xu fails to defend WBA title for the third time

Xu Can and Leigh Wood during the Weigh-In event at Brentwood, Britain on July 30. - Reuters

LONDON, Aug 1 (Xinhua): Chinese boxer Xu Can failed to defend his WBA featherweight title for the third time as the 27-year-old was TKO in the last round by British champion Leigh Wood in Brentwood, England on Saturday night (July 31).

Xu fought for the first time in 20 months after arriving in Britain from the United States on Monday. He struggled to find chances to attack and was knocked onto the floor by Wood in the 12th round.

Xu found his feet soon and tried to resume the fight, but the referee suspended the match with 12 seconds to go while Xu suffered again in front of the heavy punches from Wood.

"I didn't fight well, no other excuse," said Xu. "It's tough that I haven't fought for 20 months, but I don't think it has anything to do with my defeat today."

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Xu hasn't fought since defending his title for the second time in November 2019. He previously set up a clash with American fighter Emilio Sanchez in June in Los Angeles, but the match fell through due to broadcasting issues.

"I stayed in the United States for half a year. Now I just want to go home and have a good rest. I'm extremely tired," said Xu.

In January 2019, Xu won the WBA title by defeating reigning champion Jesus Rojas of Puerto Rico with a unanimous decision in Houston, the United States. Then he achieved two successful defenses of the title later the same year. Enditem
Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Next In Aseanplus News

Cambodian PM Hun Sen touts peace for national development
Laos to receive over two million doses of Covid-19 vaccine from China and Australia
Big spike in number of Covis-19 cases in Brunei on Monday night (Sept 20)
Plan to allow football fans back in stadiums submitted to NSC, says Ahmad Faizal
Asian shares mostly extend losses on China property worries
Exclusive: India plan for tighter e-commerce rules faces internal government dissent - documents
UN rights expert says Papuan held in Indonesia at risk of dying
Covid-19 cases continue to rise in Myanmar and total now stands at 448,158
Covid-19: 80% of Malaysia's adult population fully vaccinated, says PM
Malaysian-Thailand business chamber donates oxygen concentrators to Thai hospital

Stories You'll Enjoy