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Xu Can Defeats Jesus Rojas, Claims WBA Crown

Xu Can (11-0, 1 KO) scored a surprise 12 round points win over champion Jesus Rojas,26-3-(19), to claim the WBA featherweight title at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on Saturday.

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Xu Can (11-0, 1 KO) scored a surprise 12 round points win over champion Jesus Rojas,26-3-(19), to claim the WBA featherweight title at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on Saturday.

 

It was a close fight and Rojas threw the cleaner punches but somehow the judges saw the fight much clearer for Xu by scores of 118-110, 117-111 and 116-112.

 

Post fight quotes

 

Xu Can

On his win: “This is my second time to come to the USA to fight. Before I came here, I knew it’s a very hard fight. So I got ready for this fight. I did a lot of work for this. So, thank you everyone. I respect my opponent, Rojas, my friend, he’s very tough, very strong punch. But I knew I can win this fight. I can, I can!”

 

Where did the power come from? “It’s from China. I am Chinese – for the country! I knew I can defeat this fighter, I knew I can defend his punch, even though his punch is very strong, but I had confidence in my defense. I just punched, defend, punched, defend, punched, defend.”

 

Who does he want next? “I’m not scared of anyone.”

 

Jesus Rojas

“I don’t feel the decision was correct. I don’t know what to say. I’m surprised. I spoke to Golden Boy Promotions, and I want the rematch. I think we worked well, used my jab and I want the fight. Of course I want the rematch.”

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