After their close encounter in Istanbul on the opening weekend of WSB Season VI, China Dragons went in to Saturday night’s match against Turkiye Conquerors determined to secure their first win of the current campaign, and did so in thrilling fashion. The Sanya Sport Center Stadium exploded in to life as the hosts edged the win in the final bout, denting the Conquerors’ hopes of qualifying from Group A with three matches to go.
Dragons’ Fang Bo had a debut to remember in the opening flyweight bout against Turkey’s London 2012 Olympic quarter-finalist Ferhat Pehlivan. Buoyed by the home crowd, Bo’s energy was impressive as he romped to a unanimous judges’ decision to give his side a 1-0 lead.
The evening’s lightweight encounter then saw Dragons’ Wang Yong struggle to adapt to his new weight class, the big-hitting Yasin Yilmaz proving too quick both of feet and mind early on and, refusing to let up the pace, ensuring the Conquerors levelled the match at 1-1.
Chinese welterweight Cong Wenbin started quickly against Turkey’s 19-year-old Serhat Guler, but grew more patient and more effective the longer the bout went on. With no agreement between the judges after any of the five rounds of superb boxing, Wenbin edged a nail-biting finale courtesy of some well-timed uppercuts in the fifth.
Facing a 2-1 deficit, Türkiye Conquerors’ light heavyweight Nadir Mehmet Unal then took the match down to the wire after capitalising on his blistering start against Zhang Yawei, but it was to be China Dragons’ night as the super heavyweights battled through the deciding bout. The hosts’ young talent Mou Haipeng picked the ideal moment to grab his first WSB win, cruising to a unanimous points win over Turkish debutant Ibrahim Demirezen to the delight of the home crowd.