The Chinese scene has shown some promise in recent years, and would love to see that moment continue over the next few years, as the country is a potential sleeping giant in the world of professional boxing. Sadly though it looks likely to remain a sleeping giant until promoters are able to really unearth some big time prospects on a regular basis.
This coming Saturday sees two promising local fighters in action,though whether they will kick start the revolution in Chinese fighter is yet to be seen.
One of those, in fact the main in the main event of the card, is 25 year old prospect Yongqiang Yang (8-0, 6) who will be looking to claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Lightweight as he takes on Indonesian foe Robert Kopa Palue (14-6-3, 4), who's most notable loss was a 9th round TKO loss to Hiroshige Osawa way back in 2012. Yang has shown a lot of promise, with a 3-0 (1) run in 2017 and should over-come the visitor here, but will need to take a huge step up if international fans are going to take note of him by the end of the year.
The other really promising local in action on this show is unbeaten Bantamweight Yelieqiati Nihemaituola (11-0-1,3), who at 23 has a lot of time to develop and mature. The Chinese hopeful went 3-0 (2) in 2017, seemingly finding his power, and will be looking to score a third straight stoppage as he takes on Indonesian journeyman Ichal Tobida (13-23-1, 8). Tobida is an out and out journeyman, travelling to Thailand to pick up losses on a regular basis, though did manage to score a very notable 6 round draw with the once promising Iwan Zoda. It's hard to imagine Tobida getting anything at all out of this, but it will be interesting to see how Nihemaituola deals with him.