Earlier today CCTV5 aired their first, of two, Chinese New Year cards. The card was a particularly notable one as it featured cross-code bouts, with fighters form the AIBA professional leagues, the AIBA Pro Boxing and the World Series Boxing, battling against fighters from the traditional professional boxing ranks.
The most notable of the bouts was a contest between WBC Minimumweight champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (26-6-1, 14) [熊朝忠] and APB champion Lu Bin [呂斌].
The bout saw the younger, fresher, bigger and much more talented Bin take a clear win over Zhong.
Early on it was Zhong having success with his aggression but from round 3 onwards the bout turned on it's head with Bin moving through the gears and making Zhong look like second rate fighter in comparison. To his credit Zhong did try to fight back, but often came off second best in the exchanges and was made to pay when he did try to take the initiative against Bin.
Come the final there was no doubting the winner, and that was shown on the cards which favoured Bin with scores of 97-92,97-92 and a bizarrely wide 100-88.
With the win Bin claimed a special commemorative title that was made by CCTV for the event.
Bin wasn't the only fighter to claim a title as his fellow APB fighter Zhang Jiawei [张家玮] also claimed one with a win over experienced professional Xinghua Wang (12-13-1) [王兴华] . This bout heavily one sided with scores of with scores of 89-100, 89-100 and 88-100 in favour of Jiawei who looked amazing. This bout however received a lot less attention given that Wang was seen as a less capable fighter than Zhong and given that Bin is seen by the Chinese media as the new golden boy of Chinese boxing, and was essentially in the Chinese boxing version of the Super Bowl.
(Image courtesy of http://sports.sina.com.cn/)
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