We are now less than 24 hours away from Lu Bin (1-0, 1) [呂斌] attempting to set history as he looks to claim a WBA world title in his second professional contest. The Chinese novice will be facing off with WBA Light Flyweight champion Carlos Canizales (20-0-1, 16) and a win for Bin would etch his name in to the record books. For Canizales a win would mean success in his first defense and help to establish his reign as a champion, and put pressure on WBA "Super" champion Hekkie Budler have a unification bout.
The two men weighed in for the bout earlier today and both men made the 108lb divisional limit with real ease, in fact both looked like they could have made 105lbs if needed.
On the scales Bin was the heavier man weighing in at 106.7lbs whilst Canizales was 106.4lbs.
Bin made his debut last year and came in at and was pretty much the same was as he is for the Canizales bout. On debut he stopped Wanchai Nianghansa for a WBC regional title and this is a massive step up in class, but he seemed very confident at the weigh in and it's clear his team do believe he is good enough to win a world title this early in his career.
Canizales on the other hand appears to have come in at one of his career lightest weights. Although he is lighter than he has been for most of his career it is worth noting that he was around 106.75lbs for his title win over Reiya Konishi and his 2016 draw with Ryoichi Taguchi, and coming in slightly lighter won't have taken much more out of him.
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Professional boxing can be a cray sport to involve yourself in at times. It can also be a wonderful one, with surprises, excitement, anticipation and some amazing times. One of those amazing times was waking up today to see that the bout sheet for the WBA Welterweight title bout between Filipino challenger Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38) and Argentinian champion Lucas Martin Matthysse (39-4-0-1, 36) had been released.
Not only had the bout list been made public but that it was set to be a special show with 3 really good bouts on it.
Two of those bouts had been known about for a while.
One was an IBO Featherweight title bout between unbeaten Filipino Jhack Tepora (21-0, 16) and once beaten Mexican Edivaldo Ortega (26-1-1, 12). This bout has the ingredients to be a very memorable fight with both men being exciting southpaws who come to fight. Tepora is currently riding a 5 fight stoppage run win includes a big KO last September against Lusanda Komanisi for the IBO's Inter-Continental strap, in what was Tepora's first fight outside of the Philippines. Ortega on the other hand has bounced back will from his sole loss, a 2016 defeat to Eduardo Ramirez, and comes into this bout on the back of wins over Tomas Rojas and Drian Francisco.
Another bout that had been in talks was an IBF Flyweight title bout between former champion Moruti Mthalane (35-2, 24) and Pakistani fighter Muhammad Waseem (8-0, 6). This bout was ordered originally as an eliminator but when Donnie Nietes left the division the title got put on the line and progress was made quickly to get it on this card. This should be a great test to see how good Waseem really is and what Mthalane has left. If the South African is half the fighter he was he is still a major threat at Flyweight whilst Waseem has promised a lot but has failed to get the financial backing needed to deliver on that promise.
Along with the bouts we already knew about was a huge surprise, stating that newly crowned WBA Light Flyweight champion Carlos Canizales (20-0-1, 16) would be defending his title against Chinese novice Lu Bin (1-0, 1) [呂斌]. Canizales won the title this past March, taking a very hotly contested decision win over Reiya Konishi in Japan and looked like a man who could box or bang in a really good fight. Bin on the other hand made his professional debut last September before returning to the amateur ranks and winning a Chinese national title earlier this year.
With a record of 1-0 going in to the fight Bin is looking to set a new male world record for the fewest fights to win a world title, breaking the joint record of Saensak Muangsurin and Vasyl Lomachenko. It is however a huge ask, no matter how good the Chinese fighter was in the amateurs and various AIBA off shoots of professional boxing, including the APB where he did win a world title. He is a divisional wildcard, given how strong his pedigree is, but this is still a monster test for the 23 year old from Jinan.
Earlier today fight fans in Beijing saw former Chinese amateur standout Lu Bin (1-0, 1) [吕斌] begin his career, and easily deal with Thai foe Chatchai Or Benjamas (8-10, 6) to claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Flyweight Title.
From the opening bell Bin intelligently pressured the Thai and looked to be showing his ring craft almost from the opening bell. By the end of the first round Bin had began to look less like an amateur standout and more like a seasoned professional, dealing with a limit, but game foe. In fact in the first 3 minutes Bin had shown amazing understanding of distance, defenses, movement, and combinations. He switched effortlessly from head to body and looked like one of those rare natural talents.
In round 2 a settled Bin started to hunt a stoppage, and went out hunting his man. After just a few seconds the Thai was in survival mode and still struggled to create any space to catch his breathe, as Bin scored the first knockdown of his career.
In round 3 a determined Bin went out to make a statement and the Thai wasclearly uncomfortable as Bin pressed the action, showed his fantastic movement and then close the show with a series of body shots ending the Thai's hopes.
Whilst it's unclear when Bin will next fight the obvious hope is that he will be fast tracked, and given his APB experience there is no point in holding him back. Chinese has a star in the making here, and a fighter who is what Zou Shiming was supposed to be, but they need to keep the leash off him, and let him show that talent en route to a world title. There is no point in holding Bin back and instead the aim should be to win a world title as quickly as possible. Chinese boxing has someone with super star potential, now lets hope they manage him like a superstar.
Former Chinese amateur stand out Lu Bin (0-0) [吕斌] has been one of the country's most notable boxers over the last few years, having success both nationally and internationally, and also competing with notable success in the AIBA Professional Boxing (APB) league.
Although best known for losing, in the 2016 Olympics to Peter Mungai Warui, Bin has remained a notable figure in Chinese boxing, and recently attended a press conference in China. At that press conference it was announced that he would be making his professional debut on September 29th in Beijing.
Not only is Bin debuting next Friday, but he's doing so in a manner expected to get him serious attention, debuting in a 10 rounder against Thai Chatchai Or Benjamas (8-9, 6), with the men trading blows for the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Flyweight Title.
Our Chinese sources report that this bout is the start of a relationship between Bin and the professional scene and will likely be a full time transition, unlike some other fighters who have bounced between professional and amateurs in recent times.
After a very successful evening session on day 2 of the Olympic boxing Asian fighters sadly faltered at the start of day 3 with back to failures at 49KG's.
The first of those to fail was China's Lu Bin, the APB star who famously beat Xiong Zhao Zhong in a special bout at the Chinese new Year. Bin was heavily favoured but was over-come by Kenyan Peter Mungai Warui, in a very controversial split decision. Warui won the first two rounds, by out working Bin as the Chinese fighter fought a tactically wrong fight. In round 3 Bin showed his class and scored a standing 8 count in the final minute but sadly for him that wasn't enough to claim the win, losing a decision that saw many suggest the scoring system was flawed and that standing 8 counts aren't good for the competition.
The second to fail was Filipino Rogen Ladon who was man handled by all action Colombian Yurberjen Herney Martinez, who may well be one of the genuine gems of the Olympic boxing competition. Ladon tried to use his better pure boxing skills by Martinez wasn't having it and just walked through him en route to a very well earned decision. Sadly for Filipino fight fans, this sees their final fighter being eliminated.
Thankfully it wasn't all bad and two Asian fighters qualified in the 91KG division. One of those was Uzbekistan's Rustam Tulaganov over over-came Ecuadorian Julio Castillo with a unanimous decision. Tulaganov was joined by Azaeri fighter Abdulkadir Abdullayev who scored a TKO win over French fighter Paul Omba Biongolo, who became only the second man to be stopped in this tournament
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