Earlier today we were informed, from multiple sources, that contracts have been signed for Chinese fighter Can Xu (15-2, 2) [徐灿] to face Jesus M Rojas (26-2-2-1, 19) for the WBA "regular" Featherweight title.
The 24 year old Chinese fighter, who made his US debut this past September, will be taking on his most notable opponent by far, and will be looking to extend his current 12 fight winning run, along with claiming his first world title.
Rojas on the other hand will be looking to bounce back from a loss to Joseph "Jo Jo" Diaz, who despite beating Rojas didn't claim the WBA title due to failing to make weight for their August bout. The loss to Diaz was Rojas' first defeat since December 2008, when he lost to veteran Jose Angel Beranza in Las Vegas. Since then he has avenged that loss and scored notable wins over Abraham Lopez and Claudio Marrero.
According to the sources the bout will take place on January 26th in Texas and will be part of a Golden Boy promoted and the contract for the bout was signed on November 7th, giving both fighters plenty of time to prepare for what is a huge bout, especially for Xu and for Chinese boxing. A win for Xu would see him become the first Chinese fighter above 112lbs to win a world title, even if it is just the "regular" version, following in the footsteps of Xiong Zhao Zong and Zou Shiming, who have claimed world titles at Minimumweight and Flyweight respectively.
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!
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