Boxing hasn't yet really come to life in either China, the world's most populous country, or India, the world's second most populated country. Potentially they could both become massive players in the sport, and although neither has yet really made a lot of noise it's nice to see both countries are developing some notable talent in recent years and that they are both moving forward in their growth of the sport.
According to reports in India the two countries are set to clash in early August as Indian boxing star Vijender Singh (8-0, 7) battles with Chinese foe Zulipikaer Maimaitiali (8-0-1, 6) [祖力皮卡尔·买买提艾力] in a bout to unify two WBO regional titles.
The bout, which is expected to take place in Mumbai, would see the local favourite make his second defense of the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title, which he won last July against Kerry Hope in New Dehli, whilst the Chinese visitor would be hunting his first defense of the WBO Oriental Super Middleweight title, which he also won last July.
Singh is by and away the biggest name in Indian professional boxing. There is no one that comes close to matching him domestically in terms of skills or popularity, but he has been inactive since December and at 31 he likely doesn't have time on his side to develop. Instead his team are going to have to put him in dangerous bouts, and this is certainly a tough one, especially after an lengthy lay off. Prior to turning professional he was a top class amateur who had competed at the highest level for years.
Aged 22 the Chinese fighter has shown a lot of promise, but is stepping up massively and will be fighting outside of the Chinese region for the first time, with all his bouts either taking place in China or Macau so far. He was last in the ring in April, and has been realtive inactive since the start of 2016, fitting 6 fights into 2015 but fighting only 3 times since. A win here for him would see his profile increase massively, and be a huge shot in the arm for Chinese boxing, which is bubbling, but has yet to really break through into being a major sport there, with only a handful of notable events every year.
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