According to Chinese sources we may end up seeing Cai Zong Ju (11-1, 1) [蔡宗菊] make her first defense of the IBO female Minimumweight before the end of "of the year".
At the moment the full details are scarce though the sources have explained that she is beginning a training came in Macau to help her prepare for a defensive bout.
The Chinese fighter won the IBO title this past June, when she out pointed Ana Victoria Polo, and has had a frustrating year with that being her only bout of 2018. Despite the lack of in ring activity she has been busy outside of the ring and become a bit of a celebrity in her homeland.
It should be noted that it's unclear whether the source was suggesting the end of the Julian year or the end of the Chinese year, though either way it's good to know that Zu is focusing on boxing following a lot of out of the ring activity recently, including photo shoots and televisions shows. Interestingly if it is for the end of the Julian year we might well see her bout take place on the December 31st card which is being put together, a card that is set to be headlined by a WBO Super Flyweight title bout between Kazuto Ioka (23-1, 13) [井岡一翔] and Donnie Nietes (41-1-5, 23).
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This past Saturday fight fans in China saw IBF female Minimumweight Cai Zong Ju (11-1, 1) [蔡宗菊] become a double champion, adding the IBO world title to her IBF belt with a wide decision win over Mexican fighter Ana Victoria Polo (7-3, 1).
The bout, staged in Cai's homeland of China, was a rather one-sided contest as the local favourite used her edge in speed and movement to out work and out move the 36 year old Mexican. The Chinese fighter scored a knockdown along the way to widen the gap as she secured the victory with scores of 100-89, twice, and 99-90. Polo did have some success, but looked like she was second best through out the contest and did little to really look like she belonged in with a fighter of Cai's ability.
With the win Cai becomes the first ever Chinese fighter to hold two world titles, which it's self has become part of the story in the Chinese press, and she further establishes herself as a leading female fighter at 105lbs. She does however leave herself open to questions about the quality of her opponent today, with Polo having won just a single bout in the last 24 months, and that came against a fighter with a 3-3-2 record going into the bout.
Hopefully with the win, and her growing reputation in China, Cai will be able to secure the funding and support needed to face better opponents. Her win over Etsuko Tada is almost 18 months ago, and she hasn't really build on that victory like she should have, and that's despite the quality of opponents in region, such as Ji Hyun Park, Naoko Shibata and Kayoko Ebata. As for Polo this loss may well end her career.
Earlier this month the press in China were able to attend a conference to announce the next bout of IBF female Minimumweight Cai Zong Ju (10-1, 1) [蔡宗菊], who will be looking to become a dual champion on June 9th.
The Chinese fighter will be returning to face off against Ana Victoria Polo (7-2, 1) in a bout for the IBO female Minimumweight, which Cai will be hoping to unify with the IBF crown.
The bout will be Cai's first bout of 2018 and and only her second contest since her career defining win over Etsuko Tada, back in January 2017. Since then she has only defeated Fretchen Abaniel, in a pretty 1-sided contest back in October. Despite her inactivity in the ring she has been busy in China taking part in numerous events and at 26 is in her prime.
The 36 year old Polo will be fighting for the second time this year, having out pointed Nayeli Verde back in March. Despite that bout she has been inactive, and didn't fight at all in 2017 following back to back losses the previuous year, losing to Sandra Robles and Yokasta Valle. She will likely know this will be her final shot at getting a big win, but will be going up against a fantastic Chinese boxer-mover who will be supported strongly by the fans in Hainan.
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Earlier this week Thai sources reported that former world champion Samson Tor Buamas (39-4, 21) [แซมซั่น ต.บัวมาศ] would be back in the ring on January 26th, as she faces IBF female Light Flyweight champion Cai Zong Ju (10-1, 1) [蔡,宗菊], in what will be a second bout between the two fighters.
The sources report that the bout will take place in Harbin during the 2018 Harbin Ice Festival, with temperatures expected to be "chilly" to say the least.
For Ju the bout will serve as her second world title defense, and comes just less than a year after she won the title, thanks to a win over Etsuko Tada in the Cotai Arena in Macau. Her only previous defense saw her defeat Filipino veteran Gretchen Abaniel this past October.
For Samson the bout gives her a chance to become a 2-time female world champion, as recognised by the big 4, and claim her first major honour since she lost the WBA female Light Flyweight crown back in 2008. It will also giver her a chance to avenge a 2016 loss to Ju, which earned Ju a shot at the world title.
At the moment noother details have been released about the show, but given the other recent Chinese shows at a similar time of year we are expecting something very interesting for this particular show., if not a double show spread over 2 days as we've seen in the past.
On January 29th and January 30th Chinese fans, and those in Macau, will get a pair of shows for the Chinese New Year. Both cards will feature television coverage on Chinese TV station CCTV5, across the whole of China, and although neither card will be shown in full on the channel the main bouts from both cards will be shown.
The first of those shows will be headlined by an IBF Super Flyweight world title fight between defending champion Jerwin Ancajas (25-1-1, 16) and experienced Mexican Jose Alfredo Rodriguez (32-4, 19). That card is set to be televised at 19:30 on CCTV5 will likely show case at least one other bout.
The card will be one of interest in the Philippines, Mexico, China and various other countries, with fighters from countries such as Poland and France taking part on the under-card.
The card on Monday, headlined by an IBF female Minimumweight title fight, will see Etsuko Tada (15-2-2, 4) [多田 悦子] take on Chinese fighter Cai Zong Ju (8-1, 1) [蔡宗菊]. That card will be televised from 19:00 local time and feature an under-card featuring mostly Chinese novices.
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