In recent times we've been disappointed with the Super Bantamweight division which has, for far too long, seen the champions avoiding major bouts and the contenders seemingly waiting for a chance rather than going out and earning a shot. It's been a really frustrating few years with the likes of Leo Santa Cruz and Scott Quigg defending their belts in thoroughly pointless mismatches whilst talking a big game. It'll sound like we're being harsh but the division really has been one of boxing least interesting despite some brilliant fighters currently plying their trade their.
Thankfully it seems that we do have some exciting bouts coming up in the division, one of which was announce recently for September 12th in China.
That bout will see WBC "silver" champion Qiu Xiao Jun (15-2, 7), of China, take on once beaten Filipino hopeful Ernesto Saulong (18-1-1, 7), with Jun defending his belt for the first time.
Jun is one of the rising Chinese hopefuls and although he doesn't have a perfect record he has beaten everyone he faced, recently avenging his very close losses to losses to Jonathan Baat. Jun may not be one of the division's biggest names but he has been in good form recently scoring notable wins, not just over Baat but also Rasmanudin and, most recently, Silvester Lopez. He has also started to develop his power, stopping his last 3, and at 24 appears to be one of the emerging faces of Chinese boxing.
As for Saulong the 26 year old Filipino comes into the bout on a 4 fight winning streak following his sole loss, a 3rd round KO to the heavy handed Rey Megrino in May 2014. Among the men Saulong has defeated is Allie Laurel, who we rate highly, who he has over-come twice. Incidentally the most recent bout of Saulong's was against Laurel in China where he will be travelling again for this bout.
We know it's not a division super fight, like Carl Frampton Vs Scott Quigg would be but it's still a really good match up between two men looking to make a name for themselves and move towards a title fight.
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