On Thursday night in the US fight fans had the chance to see Can Xu (15-2, 2) [徐灿] make his US debut and take part in a really fun bout against Enrique Bernache (24-11, 12). Despite being exciting it was surprisingly competitive, with Bernache come close to upsetting the Chinese fighter in their 8 round contest.
The fight was a fantastic back and forth through the 8 rounds with Xu's extra bit of class just being the difference.
At the end of the bout Xu had done enough to take the split decision, with scores of 78-74 and 77-75 in his favour, against a dissenting judge who had Bernache winning 77-75. It was a bout that Xu deserved to win, just, but perhaps suggested he wasn't ready for a world title fight, just yet.
Originally the plan seemed to be that this would be one final stepping stone for Xu before fighting for a world title, but it now appears like his team will back off, just a little, and get him some more experience before a fight at the top level in 2019.
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We are just a few hours away from seeing Can Xu (14-2, 2) [徐灿] make his US debut, in a bout against Mexican foe Enrique Bernache (24-10, 12). The bout hasn't had much interest from bookies though Polish betting website STS do have the bout, and have strongly favoured the Chinese fighter.
The in form Xu has been priced at 1.05, which is 1/20 using fractional odds and -2000 using the American system.
Bernache on the other hand is available at 6.25, which is 21/4 in the UK system and +525 in the US one.
Sadly the only market is the "To Win" one and sadly neither the US or UK bookies are taking bets on the contest.
Later today we'll see Can Xu (14-2, 2) [徐灿] make his US debut, facing off against 29 year old Mexican foe Enrique Bernache (24-10, 12). Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in, and both men came in under the 126lb Featherweight limit.
On the scales the taller Xu was 125.4lbs. He looked a little over-drained in the face, though it does seem like he had no real issues given how far under the limit he was. It should be noted however that he has usually fought above the Featherweight limit.
Bernache on the other hand was tiny bit heavier, at 125.6lbs. He looked better at the weight, but not significantly.
The bout will be an 8 round contest and will be featured on the under-card of Ruslan Madiev's bout with Pablo Cesar Cano and is expected to help Xu prepare for a Featherweight world title fight later in the year or early next year.
This coming Thursday we'll see Chinese fighter Can Xu (14-2, 2) [徐灿] make his US debut, ahead of a potential world title fighter in the near future. The in form Featherweight, who has won his last 11 bouts, is said to be eyeing up a potential world title fight in the very near future, despite being a relative unknown outside of China.
Xu is currently listed as facing TBA on Boxrec.com though our Chinese sources have now revealed the name of his opponent for Thursday's bout.
The talented Chinese fighter will be facing 29 year old Mexican foe Enrique Bernache (24-10, 12).
Bernache, also known as has mixed in good company through his 34 fight career. He has faced the likes of Felipe Orucuta, Raul Hirales, Daniel Rosas, Tomas Rojas, Edivaldo Ortega and Jason Moloney. Given that level of competition it's no wonder he has picked up so many losses, but it also tells us that naturally he is much small than Xu. In fact if anything it would suggest Bernache has been picked to become Xu's third straight stoppage victim, and help him build on his nickname of "Monster".
According to the same sources a win for Xu will be rewarded with a world title fight, possibly as early as December for the 24 year old Chinese fighter!
Chinese boxing has failed to really become a global force, despite the hopes of some, such as Bob Arum who signed Zou Shiming and Oscar De La Hoya, who seemed to think he had license to print money when he signed the gigantic Taishan Dong...before finding out that the Dong wasn't a diamond in the rough but instead a bit of gentle giant. One of the remaining hopes of Chinese boxing, arguably the biggest hope at the moment, is the world ranked Can Xu (14-2, 2) [徐灿], who holds 3 world rankings at Featherweight.
Despite his rankings Xu isn't really known outside of China. That however is all set to change in September with confirmation that he will be making his US debut on a September 13th Golden Boy Promotions card.
At the moment Xu's opponent isn't known for the card, with an announcement expected to be made in the near future, though it's great to see that the Chinese hopeful will be featured on a card in Las Vegas, which is set to be aired on ESPN 2. Although Xu's bout isn't likely to be shown live on ESPN2 it is likely to be available to watch, whether it's a case of Chinese TV carrying the bout or Golden Boy Promotions uploading the bout to their youtube account.
For those who haven't seen Xu he's a talented boxer, who went 12-2 before scoring his first stoppage, defeating former world champion Nehomar Cermeno to record his first inside the distance win. Since then he has notched a second straight stoppage win, as he broke down Jelbirt Gomera back in July. Although not a puncher he is a real talent and looks like the best hope China has going forward. Aged 24 he is developing physically and hits with more authority than Zou Shiming, whilst having a better boxing brain the likes of Ik Yang and Qiu Xiao Jun. He's not yet a world beater but experience of fighting in the US will help him develop the skills and belief he needs to fight for a world title, potentially in December.
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