Although it's still quite hard to think of China as a "real" boxing country they have began to have more and more frequent shows over the last year or two. One of the best looking of those shows will take place tomorrow at the Nan Yang City Gymnasium.
The card isn't chock-a-block with recognisable names, in fact the biggest name on the show is former WBC Minimumweight champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (22-5-1, 12) who battles Filipino journeyman Rolio Golez (15-11-1, 6).
The best fight on the card is the Xiong one, instead it's the bout between China's rising star Qiu Xiao Jun (12-2, 4) and popular Indonesian Rasmanudin (18-4-2, 9) who faced off after today's weigh in. It's these two men who will trading shots for the important WBC Asia Council Continental Super Bantamweight title and a lot is on the line.
Not only is Jun's regional title up for grabs but so to is his world ranking, a #11 WBC ranking. With that in mind this bout really is a major one and is one that has gotten some attention from fans through out Asia.
Jun, on the right side of the picture, is widely regarded as the best prospect in Chinese boxing. He is 23 years old and has beaten every man he has ever faced, avenging both of his losses to Jonathan Baat. His ranking might be inflated but he is genuinely seen as one of the few Chinese fighters who is capable of making a mark on the world stage.
For Rasmanudin, pictured with his back towards the camera, this is a huge opportunity to get a world ranking, a regional title and put the ending on Jun's rise. Really big fight and one that is likely to be a highlight for Friday's somewhat missable action.
(Courtesy of Dragon fire Boxing)
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