Earlier today CCTV5 aired their first, of two, Chinese New Year cards. The card was a particularly notable one as it featured cross-code bouts, with fighters form the AIBA professional leagues, the AIBA Pro Boxing and the World Series Boxing, battling against fighters from the traditional professional boxing ranks.
The most notable of the bouts was a contest between WBC Minimumweight champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (26-6-1, 14) [熊朝忠] and APB champion Lu Bin [呂斌].
The bout saw the younger, fresher, bigger and much more talented Bin take a clear win over Zhong.
Early on it was Zhong having success with his aggression but from round 3 onwards the bout turned on it's head with Bin moving through the gears and making Zhong look like second rate fighter in comparison. To his credit Zhong did try to fight back, but often came off second best in the exchanges and was made to pay when he did try to take the initiative against Bin.
Come the final there was no doubting the winner, and that was shown on the cards which favoured Bin with scores of 97-92,97-92 and a bizarrely wide 100-88.
With the win Bin claimed a special commemorative title that was made by CCTV for the event.
Bin wasn't the only fighter to claim a title as his fellow APB fighter Zhang Jiawei [张家玮] also claimed one with a win over experienced professional Xinghua Wang (12-13-1) [王兴华] . This bout heavily one sided with scores of with scores of 89-100, 89-100 and 88-100 in favour of Jiawei who looked amazing. This bout however received a lot less attention given that Wang was seen as a less capable fighter than Zhong and given that Bin is seen by the Chinese media as the new golden boy of Chinese boxing, and was essentially in the Chinese boxing version of the Super Bowl.
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Tomorrow Chinese fans will get the chance to see a unique show that matches fighters from the traditional world of professional boxing and the AIBA's two professional codes, the AIBA Professional Boxing (APB) and the World Series Boxing (WSB). The main event of the card will see former WBC Minimumweight champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (26-6-1, 14) [熊朝忠] and APB champion Lu Bin [呂斌].
Today the two men weighed in for the bout at 48.75kg, just below Bin's usual weight of 49kg's and a bit above Zhong's usual fighting weight, of 47.6kg. The bout is expected to favour Bin who is the much taller man, the naturally heavier man and will be fighting with gloves that he is used to, as both men will be using APB style 10oz gloves. From what we understand however the bout will be scheduled for 10 rounds and that could favour Zhiong who has experience of going 10 and even 123 rounds.
As well as the brilliant main event the show will feature other "cross-code" bouts, including a bout between "traditional" professional Xinghua Wang (12-13-1) [王兴华] and APB fighter Zhang Jiawei [张家玮], in another 10 rounder and a 6 round bout between professional Sun Xiang Xiang (7-0, 5) [孙想想] and WSB fighter Diaojian Hao [刁剑豪]
For those interested this show will be aired tomorrow on CCTV5 from 19:00 local time.
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Eastern boxing can throw out some bizarre stories and peculiar match ups. We may have to go some way to beat the peculiarity of a bout set for February 11th in China between former WBC Minimumweighjt champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (26-6-1, 14) [熊朝忠] and APB champion Lu Bin [呂斌].
The bout, which was announced earlier this month, is an oddity in that pits "proper" professional fighters against someone from the very inclusive APB (Aiba Professional Boxing) system.
Interestingly the bout is one of two, that we know of, that will feature the collision of professional styles with the other being a bout between Xinghua Wang (12-13-1) [王興華] and Jiawei Zhang [張家瑋], though this one has less intrigue than the other due to Zhong's status as a former champion.
The show will be the first of two New Year Cards that Zovi boxing, in association with CCTV, will be showing. The reports from last year was that the show had viewing figures of more than 100,000,000 and they are expecting even higher figures for the shows this year, on February 11th and 12th. With the Zhong Vs Bin fight on the 11th to be the main event of the first card, whilst Qiu Xiao Jun's (19-2, 9) [裘晓君] bout with Raymond Commey (13-2, 7) is the main event of the second show, on February 12th.
What isn't clear is if the bouts will be fought under the rules of the APB the general rules of professional boxing or as an exhibition, and whether the bouts will count towards the records of either man.
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