Around a decade ago no one associated professional boxing with China. Now however we've began to see a real emergence of boxing in the country with Chinese promotional company Zovi boxing slowly becoming a solid player on the Asian scene and shows in Macau becoming a real highlight for some. Financially the leader of the "Macau revolution" might be Bob Arum but it's fair to say that it's being spearheaded by former amateur standout Zou Shiming (6-0, 1). Shiming's move to the professional ranks hasn't been the only notable one and several other, lesser known, Chinese fighters have also gone professional.
The first of those was Kanat Islam (18-0, 15), AKA Hanati Silamu, who won an Olympic bronze medal in 2008 before turning professional in 2012, and last year we saw Zhang Zhilei (1-0, 1) make his debut in the professional ranks.
Next Saturday sees two more former Chinese amateur turning to the paid ranks as Meng Fanlong (0-0) and Wang Zhimin (0-0) both kick off their professional careers.
Meng is a 26 year old Light Heavyweight who competed regularly on the international scene. Among his most notable achievements was reaching the quarter finals of the 2011 World Amateur Championships, losing to Adilet Niyazimbetov, and competing at the 2012 Olympics, losing on countback to eventual bronze medal winner Yamaguchi Falcao. On the domestic scene he really excelled winning numerous national competitions and with his age and pedigree we're really hoping to see this young fighter progress through the ranks.
Whilst we have high hopes for Meng we have even bigger hopes for Wang who won the WSB in 2011 and has already been fighting in pro-style fights. As well as his success in the WSB he has also had a brilliant history in the amateur ranks and is very highly touted. Fighting at Lightweight or Light Welterweight it's clear that Wang is going to face tough opponents if he's to make his name at the top level however the WSB will certainly have helped him and he could be fast tracked a little bit more than Meng.
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