When we think of fighters who are disliked by the boxing public at large we think of fighters who do something out of the ring to make us hate them or people who do something in the ring to frustrate us or even turn us against them. It's rare however for a man to turn the boxing community against him by trying to help his country get a foot hold in the boxing world. Sadly for Xiong Zhao Zhong he seems to be an exception to the rule and is genuinely disliked by vast swathes of the boxing community who don't tend to usually pay any interest in the division that he competes in. It seems that the hatred of Zhong can actually make people care about the Minimumweight division.
We know a a lot of the hatred aimed at Zhong surrounds the way he won his title with the WBC delaying the opportunity that Denver Cuello had rightfully earned. We understand that for many that was a reason to hate Zhong though at the end of the day it was political decision by the WBC who make decisions we dislike regular, we rarely however turn our anger on the fighter. We know it was a move to help crown the first Chinese world champion but that alone is an achievement and a move towards further globalising our great sport, something we surely want to see happen.
What few seem to know about Zhong is that before his world title fight he was actually an established fighter himself. He wasn't some novice getting a title fight to gift wrap China a world title but was a fighter who had been a professional for over 6 years and had taken part in over 20 contests, including the one featured below which saw Zhong travel to Japan and fight against Shin Ono.
Ono, although the more correct boxer, was given a very tough test by Zhong who showed a number of the traits that make him more difficult to beat than people think and in fact a case could be made for Zhong to have gotten at very least a draw against Ono who later went on to claim the OPBF Light Flyweight title and fought for the IBF Minimumweight title giving Katsunari Takayama a tricky fight.
We know it sounds like we are Zhong apologists but we're not, we just tend to feel he gets a lot more hate than he is due when we have numerous other fighters getting undeserved opportunities almost weekly. And of course those who hate Zhong would have loved his fight with Oswaldo Novoa.
Here we include some of the best, most interesting, most exciting or most eye catching videos from around the Asian boxing world.