As we head towards a new year we've decided to look into our glass balls, our tea leaves and our palms to come up with 20 predictions which will be posted over the coming weeks for what we think will happen in 2020. So far our predictions haven't been the best though they've not all been wrong.
In 2013 we predicted that Naoya Inoue, his brother Takuma and Kosei Tanaka would all win world titles. Between them they've won a few world titles, though Takuma has yet to win a proper world title. That same year we also predicted a growth in Chinese boxing, and this arguably happened despite the fact the Macau side of things has died off. We also predicted a growth in Asian fighters making a name for themselves in the US, this was before Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Naoya Inoue or Kazuto Ioka had fought on US soil, and before the wave of Uzbek's had began to attract US attention.
Unlike the past, where we have made all of our predictions in 1 article, we'll be spreading these ones out with 1 prediction per article, and going more in depth than we have in the past.
Prediction number 8 - China claims another world title!
For a country as big as China it's impact in professional boxing has been tiny, though in the last few years it has, slowly, made more and more of an impact. We've seen 3 Chinese men winning world titles, with Xiong Zhao Zhong, Zou Shiming and Can Xu all winning major world titles. We predict that by the end of 2020 3 will become 4 and China will have another world champion in their boxing books.
We'll admit we're not sure who it will be, though in fairness we would never have imagined Can Xu going all the way to the top, but the country is developing a lot of promising talent, and it seems inevitable that China will become a big player in the years to come.
At the end of 2019 we'll see Wulan Tuolehazi fight for the WBO Flyweight title, we've seen Fanlong Meng become the mandatory challenger for the IBF Light Heavyweight title, which he'll likely fight for in early 2020, and Jing Xiang has impressed so much that he now sits on the verge of a world title fight. Chinese boxing has never been better, and with the domestic scene strengthening year by year it really is amazing to see how much the things have changed in China. The promoters are getting good fighters to travel, they are getting the local hopefuls tested early and they are putting on shows worth watching.
Whilst we do predict a new Chinese world champion in 2020 we'd like to couple this with a longer term prediction, China will become a major player in world boxing by the end of the next decade. They will become an Asian hub for boxing and will be putting on some of the best shows in the world. The growth of streaming in China has been key to the growth of boxing, and we suspect that the free access to boxing content will remain a key feature of the countries fight scene, and it's growth into becoming a genuine boxing power house.
This is just an opinion, maaaan! It's easy to share our opinions, and that's what you'll find here, some random opinion pieces