Over the weekend Chinese promotional outfit Zovi Boxing announced the next bout for their star man Xiong Zhao Zhong (24-5-1, 14), who stopped Indonesian Jack Amisa on Friday.
Zovi announced that Zhong, a former WBC Minimumweight world champion, would be travelling to Monte Carlo in October to battle against the once beaten Hekkie Budler (26-1, 9) in a challenge for the WBA and IBO Minimumweight titles.
Zhong, for those who aren't aware, is Chinese first, and so far only, world champion. He got that honour by defeating Mexico's Javier Martinez Resendiz via a decision back in November 2012 to print his name in the history books. Sadly Zhong is also the first, and so far only, Chinese fighter to lose a world title, something he did this year to the big punching Oswaldo Novoa who really beat up Zhong.
Having only lost to Novoa a few months ago may will be wondering what Zhong has done to deserve this opportunity, especially when you consider that the likes of Ryuji Hara are more deserving. Part of the reason why Zhong has gotten this opportunity is his nationality, the Chinese boxing market is a growing one is potentially the biggest in the world. Another reason is that Budler's handlers will want an opponent with some value to his name and Zhong, as a former world champion, certainly has some value.
Going in to the bout Budler will be the big favourite though Zhong has the strength and style to make life difficult for fighters and he will certainly be trying to do just that here against Budler
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