Xi An, China
Attention turns to China this coming Wednesday for a small card featuring some young local hopefuls.
The main event of the show will see the unbeaten ZongLi He (5-0, 1) take on Indonesian foe Hamson Lamandau (10-3-1, 7) in a bout for the IBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title. Although relatively unknown outside of China He has notched back to back wins over Diarh Gabutan and Vincent Astrolabio, which are good wins. The bigger issue with the Chinese youngster is a real lack of power, though hopefully that will come with maturity. Lamandau has lost, by stoppage, in his 3 bouts outside of Indonesia including one to Hinata Maruta, but given that He lacks power the Indonesian may be safe from a similar fate here, and that could lead to a very interesting 10 rounder.
After a 4-0 start Baolin Kang (5-2, 1) has had a lot of questions asked recently, partly due to a blow out loss to Indonesian Ari Agustian. He now hunts a second straight win as he takes on Australia Cain Brunton (4-1, 3). Kang, like countryman He, lacks power but showed some early promise and needs to work on developing that promise, and at 21 time is on his side. Brunton on his other hand had been can crushing on the Australian domestic scene until last December, when he was stopped in 7 rounds by Jackson Jon England. On paper both men will be looking for a career best win here, and both will be looking to rebuild from recent set backs.
One thing we don't usually talk about is Chinese Cruiserweights, but there are a few including Zi Yue Lyu (3-1, 2), who lost last time out in a WBC China Cruiserweight title bout. Lyu looks to bounce back from his first defeat and will be up against New Zealand fighter Kurt Winklemann (1-1, 1) in what could be a pretty fun, albeit very low level, bout.