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Boxing | International

Chinese expect 600 million viewers



About 600 million people are expected to watch television coverage of a WBC title fight to be held in China in October.

The strawweight bout between Xiong Zhoa Zhong and Mexican Javier Martinez will be the first “world” title fight in China.

The two are scheduled to meet for the vacant WBC belt in KungmIn on October 27.

Xiong is hugely popular in China where professional boxing is commanding bigger and bigger viewership figures.

A good crowd is also expected when Nathan Cleverley defends is WBO light-heavyweight title in Cardiff, Wales, on the same evening, although the TV audience will be miniscule by comparison.

Cleverley, a Welshman with a professional record of 24-0, including 11 knockouts, will make the third defence of his belt when he meets Vyacheslav Uzelkov (27-2; 16) from Ukraine at the Motorpoint Arena.

A number of other title fights have also been finalised recently. One of the best is likely to be a clash between Miguel Cotto and Austin Trout in New York on December 1.

Cotto, a Puerto Rican with a record of 37-3; 30, is the WBA junior middleweight “super” champion. He will defend the belt against the WBA “regular” champion, Trout, who stands at 25-0; 14.

The fight will be held at Madison Square Garden.

Carl Froch is scheduled to defend his IBF super-middleweight belt against Philadelphia’s Yusaf Mack at the Nottingham Arena in England on November 17.

And South African Vusi Malinga is set to face Jamie McDonnell in Sheffield, England, on October 20. The bout is billed as an IBF bantamweight title eliminator.

Jorge Arce will take on Mauricio Martinez in his 70th professional fight on September 22.

Arce, whose record stands at 60-6-2, with one no-contest and 46 knockouts, and Martinez, a former WBA bantamweight champion, will clash a ten-round junior featherweight fight in Las Mochis in Mexico. Martinez has a record of 36-12-1; 24.

On the same card, Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr (14-1-1; 7) of Mexico will defend his IBF super-flyweight belt against Filipino Rodel Mayol (31-5-2; 22.)

A 5.95m high statue of former heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano went on display in Mexico City recently.

WBC president Jose Sulaiman Chagnon will present the 1 815-kg statue to the city of Brockton in Massachusetts.



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