On Wednesday attention turns to a small card in Russia featuring a number of Asian fighters on it. It's not a big card, or an exciting looking one, but there is a fair to talk about due to a number of Chinese fighters competing on it.
One of the bouts, a 6 rounder, will see Junjun He (0-0) make his debut against the unbeaten Armen Ataev (2-0-1, 1). This Flyweight bout looks like an interesting one on paper, and we always get a little bit exciting by seeing a debutant begin their career with a 6 round contest. This should be a chance for He to show what he can do, but he will need a win if he's to become relevant. Ataev won his last bout in 130 seconds, stopping an Uzbek debutant, but that was almost 18 months ago.
Another Chinese debutant in a 6 rounder is Bantamweight hopeful Ping Lu (0-0), who the faces the experienced Mishiko Shubitidze (20-12-3, 8). Again it's hard to say too much about the Chinese fighter, other than that we like the fact he's debuting in a 6 round contest, but he's going up against a bit of a known quantity. Shubitidze, from Georgia, is a 20 year old who was stopped in 5 rounds by the controversial Prince Patel and was stopped in 2 rounds by both Arnold Khegai and Yoan Boyeaux, he of Naoya Inoue fame. Despite those stoppages it is worth noting that the Georgia has lasted 4 rounds with the touted Mirco Martin and 6 rounds with Filipino Jeson Umbal, so he's not going to just fall over.
Two more Chinese fighters debut on this card, Lanhai Xiao (0-0) and Tianyi Guo (0-0), both of whom face novices, whilst Azeri veteran Rauf Aghayev (24-6, 11) battles Iran's Bahram Shabazi (3-1, 1).