November 24th 2012 will go down as an historic day in world boxing. It was the day that boxing saw it's first ever man from China winning a world title, the WBC Minimumweight title.
That man was Xiong Zhao Zhong who over-came Mexico's Javier Martinez Resendiz for the previously vacant belt. The bout was a controversial one in many ways with people feeling Zhong had been given his opportunity ahead of Denver Cuello just so that the WBC could crown the first Chinese champion though in reality the WBC did keep Cuello as the mandatory to face the winner and allowed Chinese boxing to have a rare moment in the sun.
Zhong, in all honesty, looked much like he has always looked. Bullish. He didn't show off great technical boxing but did land the better shots on his game Mexican foe who wasn't there just to make up the numbers and actually gave a very good account himself. We'd suggest that if you've not seen this fight before it's well worth watching even if it's not one of the most amazing of recent times.
Of course whilst Zhong became the first Chinese world champion he was also the first Chinese fighter to lose a world title, some thing he did in early 2014 when he was shocked by Oswaldo Novoa. It's interesting to note that prior to Novoa/Zhong Mexican fans had had the chance to see Novoa stopping Resendiz in 4 rounds, that result probably should have run alarm bells ahead of Novoa/Zhong.
For history fans it's interesting to note that this wasn't the first world title bout held in China. It actually came 29 years after Leeonzer Barber defended the WBO Light Heavyweight title Mike Sedillo, we believe that bout, in 1993, was the first.
(Video courtesy of Ryan Bivins)
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