The big event of this weekend took place in China, as Wu Lin Feng held the finals of its 67 kg tournament. The four semifinalists earned their positions by earning points in the group stage. Hassan Toy of the Netherlands, Petchtanong Banchamek and Jomthong Chuwattana of Thailand, and China’s Yang Zhuo competed for the WLF 67 kg World Cup.
Here are results from the bouts shown on the TV broadcast. Not all matches on the fight card were included on the replay on Chinese television.
-67 kg: David Mejia (ESP) def. Ji Xiang (CHN)-Decision
Mejia landed some good punches from both the orthodox and southpaw stances, and also scored well with low kicks. A low kick appeared to hurt Xiang late in round two. Mejia continued to have the advantage in round three, and earned the win.
-67 kg (WLF World Cup Semifinal 1): Jomthong Chuwattana (THA) def. Hassan Toy (NLD)-Decision
Jomthong, a Thai southpaw with over 200 bouts, was too sharp for Toy, outscoring the Turkish-Dutch fighter to win the decision. There were no knockdowns and neither fighter was stunned.
-67 kg: (WLF World Cup Semifinal 2): Petchtanong Banchamek (THA) def. Yang Zhuo (CHN)-Decision
Petchtanong set up a Thailand vs Thailand final with fellow southpaw Jomthong with a points win over Yang. The Thai fighter landed some thudding left legs to the body, and also scored with left punches and knees to the body. With a southpaw facing an orthodox fighter, there were some head clashes, and Yang was checked out in the corner but able to continue.
-60 kg: Asahisa Hirotaka (JPN) def. Wang Junyu (CHN)-KO Round 4 (Retains WLF 60 kg Gold Belt)
Hirotaka successfully defended his title by fourth round stoppage in a bout that was scrappy at times. The Japanese champion had a point deducted in the third round for a second offense of hitting behind the head, and he was also cautioned for low blows. Wang seemed to get away with landing an illegal elbow, and also seemed to hold the leg too long after catching a Hirotaka kick. The Japanese fighter seemed to have the advantage heading into round four.
In round four, Hirotaka dropped Wang with a solid left punch. Wang got up and the fight continued until Hirotaka exploded with a right jump knee that ended the contest. Wang fell and landed face-first on the canvas. The referee called off the bout, and the Japanese fighter was the winner in spectacular fashion.
-70 kg: Dong Wenfei (CHN) def. Alex Bublea (ROU)-TKO Round 1 (3 Knockdown Rule)
Dong got off to a good start. He landed a good jab and right hand seconds into the bout. After he connected with a good hook, Dong followed up with two more lefts to score a knockdown. Bublea arose and was dropped by a right hand. After another left hook dropped Bublea, the referee stopped the bout on the three knockdown rule.
-77 kg: Mamba Cauwengergh (BEL) def. Fu Gaofeng (CHN)-Decision
Fu used movement and tried to catch Mamba coming in, as the Belgian applied the pressure. Mamba got the vote from the judges. There were no knockdowns in the bout.
-67 kg: (WLF 67 kg World Cup Final)Petchtanong Banchamek (THA) def. Jomthong Chuwattana (THA)-Decision (Petchtanong Banchamek WLF 67 kg World Cup Champion)
Petchtanong started well, as he landed a couple of good punches early in the round. The fighters collided heads, and Petchtanong claimed Jomthong threw an elbow. Banchamek established control with some solid punches and low kicks that landed cleanly. Petchtanong scored with some good punches early in the second round. Jomthong landed a good left and late in the round assumed the role of aggressor as Petchtanong moved more. In round three, Banchamek scored well with punches early, and then looked to land body kicks at range. He cruised late, as the fight was well in hand.