China vs. Japan Boxing Match in Shenzhen
Organizing a Professional Boxing Match in China
A new friend of mine (wiser by far in years and business) invited me to a presentation about the CBIG (China Boxing Industry Group) today, which will be the first professional boxing organization in China. The meeting was very interesting for a number of reasons. The first is that the initial match is going to be China vs. Japan. Anyone who knows anything about Sino-Japanese relations knows that this is likely to draw a large crowd. And it is right in the place I live, Shenzhen, on October 20th of this year.
A man who had fought against Mike Tyson, Li Houqiang, was there and spoke, and seemed to be a very friendly guy from the few moments I had to speak with him. At the end of the speeches by various government officials and people responsible for getting the China Boxing Industry Group off the ground, several rather pointed questions where asked by the media (such as “Why would you chose Japan as a boxing rival instead of another country with better fighters & more boxing experience, say Thailand?” This question was mostly deflected and the true answer, that such a fight would undoubtedly draw a huge crowd, was all but ignored. However, anyone in the room could guess such an answer on their own). None of the questions were answered very directly, but I was surprised by the pointed nature of the questions more than anything.
So who is going to go out to see the first officially sponsored professional boxing match in China? The date is October 20th, in the Shenzhen Stadium. Tell your friends.
Update: The fight wasn’t nearly as good as I thought it would be, and the seats were pretty far away, but I did manage to get a bit of video from the fights: