PRESS RELEASE: Bruno 'The Terminator' Tarimo puts hand up for impatient Xu Can with no clear date for Josh Warrington
Bruno 'The Terminator' Tarimo puts hand up for impatient Xu Can with no clear date for Josh Warrington.
Chinas only World Champion WBA World Featherweight Champion Xu Can, is growing frustrated with the uncertainty of an upcoming unification clash with Josh Warrington.
The boxer from the Fuzhou, Jiangxi province, has been out of the ring since retaining the WBA's World featherweight championship by winning a unanimous decision over Manny Robles in November 2019.
Xu (18-2, 3 KOs) has been waiting for a long time to get in the ring with International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight champion Josh Warrington (30-0, 7 KOs) and with the recent covid issues in the UK it doesn't look like happening anytime soon
"I'm tired of waiting; I want to be a fighting champion. Many professional fighters I know have retired and become coaches because there is really no competition during these times. Some even changed careers and got other jobs. But I have to fight. It's my job. After all, I have waited for a year for the chance to face Warrington. My next goal is a unification war."
One fighter offering his services to the impatient Xu Can is WBA and IBF World rated Bruno "The Termintor" Tarimo 25-2
Tarimo, The Australian based Tanzanian is the chief sparring partner of Australia's greatest export The Fighting Moloney Twins Andrew and Jason.
Bruno discussed a potential WBA World Featherweight Clash with Can.
"Xu Can, I know your frustration I went over 1 year before my last fight. If there is no Warrington, I'm ready to fight you in Australia, In China, or if your lounge room. For me it's anyone, anywhere, anytime.
I would do anything to fight for the World title. I live in Australia, because of the pandemic I have not seen my wife or kids in over a year and I know with this World Championship opportunity it will change my families life.
Xu Can you throw a million punches, but you cannot stop the Terminator. My mission is to get the World title and I will not stop until I get my World Championship. Any one that gets in my way, Hasta La Vista baby!"
Should there be no Warrington fight in the immediate future, no doubt Can v Tarimo would deliver a fight of the year candidate.
Late last night the WBA announced a Featherweight world title eliminator between Japan's Hiroshige Osawa (36-5-4, 21) [大沢宏晋] and Dominican fighter Hector Luis Garcia (12-0-0-2, 9).
The two men are ranked #1 and #2 by the WBA and have been given 30 days, from March 10th, to negotiate an agreement for the bout, or else a purse bid will be ordered. The two men also need to tell the WBA that they intend to pursue the bout in the next 5 days. If a fighter doesn't respond within that that time the WBA will follow their rules to decide what to do next.
Neither of the two men is that well known away from their local fans but both are worthy of discussing, at least a tiny bit.
Osawa is best known for his 2016 loss to Oscar Valdez in a WBA world title fight. Since then he has gone 6-1 and has maintained a high WBA ranking. The 28 year old Garcia on the other hand is best known for this 2019 win over Anvar Yunusov, but will be regarded as the man stepping up in class here. Prior to turning professional he had been a notable amateur winning silver medals at a number of regional competitions and fighting at the 2016 Olympics.
The winner of this would become the mandatory for popular Chinese world champion Can Xu (18-2, 3) [徐灿].
It's fair to say that 2019 was a monster year for Chinese fighter Can Xu (18-2, 3) [徐灿], the current WBA Featherweight champion. The hope is, of course, for him to have a massive 2020 as well.
Earlier this week it was reported that Xu and his team have had to change plans, in at least 2 different ways.
Firstly he and the M23 team had planned to train under Filipino coaches. The coaches returned home for the Chinese new year but due the escalating outbreak of Coronavirus they were unable to re-enter China. The Chinese fighters had then planned to go to the Philippines to train with the same coaches, however a travel ban by the Philippines prevented that from happening.
Instead of staying in China to train the team, or rather those with passports, have changed their plans and are now training in Thailand. Those that did travel included not only Xu but also Baishanbo Nasiyiwula (16-3-1, 6) [拜山波] and recent world title challenger Wulan Tuolehazi (13-4-1, 6) [乌兰].
It's not only been the training plans that have had to change but also plans regarding Xu's next title defense. It appears the original plan had been for a defense in China in April, however issues with Coronavirus appear to have ended that plan.
It's now unclear whether Xu will reschedule a bout in China for his next defense or will head back over to the US for it, with the bout said to be dependent on the development of the epidemic in China.
Given that there are various travels bans, it appears that Xu will be in Thailand until later in the month, waiting out a 14 day window. It then seems like the plans is form him to head off to the US to train in Miami, under Pedro Diaz, to further prepare for his next defense, when and where that takes place.
(Image courtesy of www.mppboxing.com/)
We're sure that everyone reading this will be aware that there is a series medical issue in Wuhan, where Coronavirus has become an epidemic, and one that has spread around the globe.
From a human perspective the issue is massive, and much more serious than many first expected, and has taken almost 200 lives as we write this. It's spread across China, and is proving to be incredibly contagious with over 7,700 confirmed cases in China alone.
This past week Chinese sources reported that there was at least, some positive stories coming out of the situation with Chinese world champion Can Xu (18-2, 3) [徐灿], the current WBA Featherweight champion, donating ¥200,000.
The world champion explained that his donation was, at least in part, due to his own connection to the region.
"My mother is from Hubei. I grew up in Hubei. I have lived in Hubei for more than ten years. I can still be regarded as half of Hubei. I saw that my hometown was suffering such a calamity, and I saw medical staff. Risking my life to fight in the front line, I don’t know how to prepare for urgently needed supplies, and my ability is limited, but I still hope to donate 200,000 yuan to contribute to the fight against the epidemic. I also call on everyone to actively fight against Wuhan New Crown Pneumonia Donate. Come on in Wuhan, people in our hometown, we are together. "
For those unaware, Wuhan is the capital of the Hubei province in China, the area that Xu mentioned in his social media post on Chinese social network Weibo.
Boxing in China has been on the growth in recent years, and we've seen regular shows in the country, though the talent on some of those cards has been rather mixed, with very few fighters truly standing out. Thankfully for the Chinese scene however one fighter managed to really make a statement in 2019, and was quite clearly the Revelation of the Year. That was Chinese Featherweight Can Xu, who really ended the year as a must watch fighter.
Can made his US debut in September 2018 and did little to impress, scraping an 8 round split decision over Mexican journeyman Enrique Bernache. A single round swing on Patracia Morse Jarman's card and there's a real chance that we wouldn't be talking about Xu today. As it though his fortune has paid off, and 2019 has seen him put that Bernache bout behind him in style.
In February Xu made a real statement statement, out fighting the hard hitting Jesus M Rojas to claim the WBA "regular" Featherweight title. The result was an upset win for Xu who has gone from strength to strength ever since.
Following his world title win Xu returned to China and scored his first defense in front of fans in his place of birth in a true home coming defense, against former WBA Super Bantamweight champion Shun Kubo. The fight, like his title win, was a hugely entertaining win and although Kubo was out of his depth Xu still put on a show, out working and then breaking down and stopping the Japanese challenger.
That would have been enough to have sealed Xu this award, but he wasn't done yet and in November he returned to a US ring to take on unbeaten American challenger Manny Robles III. This looked a tough test for the champion but turned out to be an easy win for Xu who totally dominated Robles, and set an incredibly pace, with punch numbers suggesting he had thrown over 1500 punches in the 12 round bout. What was supposed to be a tough second defense against an unbeaten challenger turned out to be little more than a showcase for Xu.
With 3 solid wins, 3 eye catching and exciting performances, a charming personality, Can Xu was clearly the break out fighter of 2019!
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