Xiong Chaozhong (Zhao Zhong) Captures China’s First Professional Boxing Title
Xiong Chaozhong (his name is rendered as Xiong Chao Zhong in many media outlets) won his country its first pro boxing title on Saturday night when he beat Mexico’s Javier Martinez Resendez in a unanimous 12-round decision (119-110, 116-112, 116-114) to capture the vacant WBC minimumweight title (105 lbs/48 kg). A Yunnan native — ethnic Miao, to be precise — the 4-foot-10-and-a-half-inch (1.49-meter) Xiong was fighting on his home province in Kunming at the Kunming Municipal Gymnasium.
With his history-making win, Xiong improved his record to 20-4-1 with 11 knockouts. He had previously failed in his bid to become China’s first boxing champion when he lost to Japan’s Daisuke Naito for the WBC flyweight title in May 2009.
After his bout, he said he hopes to win more titles in the future. (Here’s a Fight News interview he did earlier this month.)
The entire 30-minute match is on Youku, embedded after the jump for those in China.
(H/T Go Kunming)