The first Chinese show in the new year sees us focusing on Diaobingshan. Whilst we do expect a lot from China this year this card isn't a huge, by any stretch, but is certainly still set to be an interesting one.
The main event will see in form puncher Chinese puncher Jun Zhao (12-2-1, 9) take on Jay Francis Buray (11-1-1, 2), in what will be Zhao's first defense of the WBA Asia Bantamweight title. Coming into this Zhao has won his last 7, with 5 stoppages, and has beaten the likes of Zafar Parpiev, Galih Susanto and Sonin Nihei. The 22 year old Buray, from the Philippines, is unbeaten in over 3 year, but this will be his first bout outside of his homeland, and he will also be stepping up in class. An interesting match up, but one where the local will be favoured.
In a supporting bout the unbeaten Fan Zhang (2-0-1, 2) will be up against Korean foe Hwang Kook Je (5-1-2, 1). Zhang began his career with a weird draw in June last year, but then took 2 early wins to get his career up and running. Je on the other hand is 4-0-1 in his last 5, but has never previously fought outside of Korea.
Another China Vs South Korea bout will see local fighter Yihao Wang (6-4, 2) take on unbeaten Korean Keon Woo Kim (5-0, 3). The 26 year old Wang is a "win some, lose some" type who has been stopped in 3 of his 4 losses, including a 2019 loss to Hyun Min Yang in his only other bout against a Korean fighter. Kim's competition so far has been limited, with 3 debutants and a win-less fighter, but he's been dangerous early and his KO over Moon Han Ji in December was brutal.
Also on this card will be Mongolian hopeful Erkhembayar Batbayar (6-0, 4), who continues to chug along without too much attention. The unbeaten 26 year old is a talent, but needs to decide what weight he intends to be fighting at, and start to make his mark sooner rather than later. At the time of writing his opponent for this bout hasn't yet been announced.