By Elisinio Castillo

Hangzhou, China - Venezuelan Nehomar Cermeno won a twelve round unanimous decision over Xiaojun Qiu to retain his WBA "regular" super bantamweight world title. The "super" champion at the weight is Guillermo Rigondeau of Cuba.

The exact scores were not made available as they were read to the live crowd in Chinese.

This was a rematch of their fight from June, which saw Cermeno (26-5-1, 15KOs) win the vacant "regular" belt when he stopped Qiu (24-1, 10KOs) in the twelfth round of the contest.

The fight was Cermeno's third consecutive ring appearance in China. He fought there in September when he knocked out previously undefeated Anurak Thisa in three rounds.

Cermeno has now won six fights in a row since losing a twelve round decision to Alexander Bakhtin in 2012 in Russia. That fight was nearly the end of Cermeno's career, as he had lost five of his last seven ring appearances with defeats to Fernando Montiel, Victor Terrazas and Chemito Moreno.

But Cermeno got his career back in order, with a major upset when he won a twelve round split decision over Oscar Escandon two fights later and he's been on a roll since.

The WBA is eventually going to order, as part of their plan to eliminate the issue of multiple titles, a showdown between Cermeno and Rigondeaux.