On Thursday Chinese boxing fans had the chance to kick off two days of boxing based action for the new Chinese year. On Friday they get more action as one of the men regarded as the future of Chinese boxing gets the chance to move towards a world title bout.
That fighter is Super Bantamweight hopeful Qiu Xiao Jun (19-2, 9) [裘晓君] who faces off against Raymond Commey (13-2, 7) in a bout for the WBA "International" title on CCTV5.
Both men made weight for the bout though it didn't stop the political wrangling which has really been the back story to the fight.
Originally the WBA had given their sanction for the bout to be for the WBA "regular" title and the WBC had seemingly agreed to have their Silver title, which Jun holds, on the line. The WBA then went back on their word, stating that they couldn't allow the bout to be for the "regular" title as that was being fought for 15 days later, when Scott Quigg faces Carl Frampton in a WBA-IBF unification.
According to sources in China the WBA would have allowed their regular title to be fought for here if this bout had taken place after the Quigg-Frampton bout, however as Quigg is the current "regular" champion they can't have two "regular champions", apparently even the WBA have to draw the line somewhere.
According to reports from China the WBC revoked their sanction of having their "Silver" title on the line due to the inclusion of the WBA, and have effectively told Jun that in the future he is to choose the WBC or the WBA. Despite the WBC refusing to sanction the contest, they haven't stripped Jun and have essentially told him that he has to go with either themselves or the WBA when he moves towards a world title bout, and essentially said that had he won the WBA "regular" title he'd have been removed from the WBC's ranking anyway.
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