In July 2018, DEF Promotions held Road to Glory II, a 10-bout fight at Southorn Stadium. This was a different fight event from the usual major boxing events DEF Promotions organises. Road to Glory II was designed to be a smaller show in partnership with Southorn Stadium to supplement the major events, as well as focus more on promoting local boxers, and giving them a platform to demonstrate their talents.
That is not to say that the event was limited only to local fighters. This event featured boxers from 5 different countries: Hong Kong, Japan, Indonesia, Nepal, and Philippines. Coupled with DEF Promotions’ strong relationship with the famous Watanabe Gym, and also a growth in interest of Japanese boxing from the local boxing fans, fan-favourite Takuya Watanabe as well as Nanako Suzuki were part of the fight card to appeal to such fans.
This event marked the first time local boxer Raymond Poon (5-1-0) headlined a fight card. In a tough and competitive ten-round fight with Japanese boxer Ryo Narizuka (8-7-1), Raymond was able to leave with his hands held high with a majority decision victory to win two titles:
Asian Boxing Federation Light Flyweight title
WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Light Flyweight title
Takuya Watanabe (33-8-1) returned to Hong Kong with a strong performance, defeating Hendrik Barongsay (29-27-3) by technical knockout in the third round.
The fight card also featured two other boxers from DEF Promotions’ stable: Lennon Tsoi (1-0-0) as well as Nibesh Ghale (2-1-0).