There isn't a lot of Chinese fighters showing much potential or ambition to make a name for themselves on the international scene. One of the few that is looking to become more than just a local attraction is the talented Can Xu (14-2, 12), who makes his US debut this coming Thursday in Las Vegas. At the time of writing Xu's opponent hasn't been named but we're not expecting anyone too testing for him, as he looks to adapt to American conditions ahead of a potential world title fight against WBA Featherweight champion Jesus M Rojas. For those who haven't seen Xu he's a talented boxer, with under-rated power and he comes into this bout having stopped his last two opponents, having gone the distance in all of his previous bouts. We expect that stoppage run to continue here as Golden Boy Promotions look to let him impress, and let his reputation grow further.
On the subject of Chinese fighters there will also be a Chinese card on Thursday in Zhengzhou.
The main event will see the always fun to watch Ainiwaer Yilixiati (13-1, 10) defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Middleweight title against Mada Maugo (23-16, 14), with the WBA Asia Super Middleweight title also on the line. The hard hitting and ultra-aggressive Yilixiati is one of the most exciting fighters in China and should be strongly favoured here against his foe from Tanzania. The visitor has been stopped in 8 of his 16 losses and we suspect another loss inside the distance for the 32 year visitor.
Another title bout on this card will see Tonghui Li (10-2, 5) face off with Thai visitor Theerawat Yoohanngoh (20-9, 14) in a bout for the IBF Asia Light Middleweight title. The Chinese fighter was upset in August, by Joon Kyung Lee, and will be instantly looking to get back to winning ways here. Amazingly this will be the Thai's third fight since the start of August, with a notable stoppage loss to Ulugbek Sobirov coming in the first of those. Hard to imagine anything but a home win, but it's good to see Li jumping straight back in so soon after a loss.
Another really interesting bout on this card will see unbeaten local Xiaolu Mou (13-0-1, 5) take on Japanese youngster Ryoma Isami (1-0). This is a massive step up for Isami, who only made his debut in August in Thailand, but a win here will put him on the boxing map. Mou has been a been a professional for 30 months, but has fought at a mostly limited level and should see this as his toughest bout to date. A very interesting contest.