Xi An, China
Attention turns to China this coming Wednesday for a small card featuring some young local hopefuls.
The main event of the show will see the unbeaten ZongLi He (5-0, 1) take on Indonesian foe Hamson Lamandau (10-3-1, 7) in a bout for the IBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title. Although relatively unknown outside of China He has notched back to back wins over Diarh Gabutan and Vincent Astrolabio, which are good wins. The bigger issue with the Chinese youngster is a real lack of power, though hopefully that will come with maturity. Lamandau has lost, by stoppage, in his 3 bouts outside of Indonesia including one to Hinata Maruta, but given that He lacks power the Indonesian may be safe from a similar fate here, and that could lead to a very interesting 10 rounder.
After a 4-0 start Baolin Kang (5-2, 1) has had a lot of questions asked recently, partly due to a blow out loss to Indonesian Ari Agustian. He now hunts a second straight win as he takes on Australia Cain Brunton (4-1, 3). Kang, like countryman He, lacks power but showed some early promise and needs to work on developing that promise, and at 21 time is on his side. Brunton on his other hand had been can crushing on the Australian domestic scene until last December, when he was stopped in 7 rounds by Jackson Jon England. On paper both men will be looking for a career best win here, and both will be looking to rebuild from recent set backs.
One thing we don't usually talk about is Chinese Cruiserweights, but there are a few including Zi Yue Lyu (3-1, 2), who lost last time out in a WBC China Cruiserweight title bout. Lyu looks to bounce back from his first defeat and will be up against New Zealand fighter Kurt Winklemann (1-1, 1) in what could be a pretty fun, albeit very low level, bout.
This coming Thursday attention turns to China as local fighter Ayati Sailike (7-8-2, 2) takes on Indonesian foe Hamson Lamandau (10-2-1, 7). On paper this doesn't look too notable, though the records suggest that the visitor should be favoured against the limited local It is however a pretty interesting contest when you look into it. The local has been involved in some interesting results, such as appealing a loss last year to Ge An Ma and getting the resulted turned into a No Contest. He's nothing special, but is better than his record indicates. Lamadau on the other hand has been stopped in both of his losses, including a loss in 2017 to Hinata Maruta, in fact he has been stopped in both of his bouts outside of Indonesia.
This looks like one where the visitor will be favoured but we're expecting the local to pick up the victory.