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.
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