After more than a year without hunting, the bloodthirsty “monster” is finally back on the move.
China’s former featherweight world champion Xu Kan, also known as “The Monster,” is set to recover from injury and fight Mexico’s Brandon Benitez in another title fight on Oct. 7 in Florida.
The fight between him and Benitez was originally supposed to take place on May 20 but was postponed after he suffered a rib fracture in training two weeks before the scheduled fight.
Now healthy again, Xu, a former WBA “ordinary” featherweight belt holder, aims to re-establish himself as a top contender in the 126-pound (57 kg) division in a 10-round battle with Benitez, a 24-year old fighter from Queretaro, Mexico.
“I’ve been waiting for a fight for a long time, I can’t wait to come back strong and prove that I’m out of the shadow of my last loss,” Beijing-based M23 said in a statement. Boxing club.
Xu, who lost his belt to Britain’s Leigh Wood in July, added, “I have been sleeping for a while studying the replay of the last fight and reflecting on my weaknesses. I have made the necessary adjustments and now I am ready to fight again.” In the year 2021 after a 12th round TKO loss in England.
Xu’s 15-lot winning streak ended in January 2019 with a unanimous decision win over Puerto Rico’s Jesus Rojas to claim the belt, followed by two successful attempts against Japan’s Shun Kubo and American Manny Robles. In the same year.
Benitez (18-2, 7 KO), known in the ring as “Leoncito” or the little lion, has the same quick-fire style as Xu (18-3, 3 KO), who has thrown a WBA-record 1,562 punches. 12 rounds to defeat Robles III in California in November 2019.
“I’m ready for this opportunity and I’m happy to be a former world champion,” said Benitez, who is on a four-round winning streak.
After spending more than two years in a major promotion as China’s only world champion boxer, Xu accepted the uphill task of starting over.
Backed by Max Power Promotions at M23 Gym, Xu has been focusing on strength conditioning, impressive range and power. He promises to hit harder and smarter while keeping his distance for more control in the ring.
“I make the most of my size and reach and I don’t punch at close range,” said the 28-year-old native of Fuzhou, Jiangxi province.
At 1.75 meters tall, Xu has built a reputation for high punches and superior endurance. But a lack of punishment was evident in Wood’s defeat, and despite the Chinese fighter’s height and advantage, Zun was repeatedly hurt by his vicious right hook.
With Wood taking on Mexico’s Leo Santa Cruz, the WBA’s “superior” title holder, in November, Xu will have to do some temporary fights to improve his status – which has been reduced due to the pandemic – in order to earn another shot at the title.
“For the first two months after the defeat, I couldn’t even accept that I lost,” said Zhu of his disappointment at losing China’s only professional boxing world record.
“But I knew I could pick myself up from this setback. After learning a lot from the last fight, I regrouped and recharged.”
The fight will be broadcast live on KOTV on October 7 from 10pm (Beijing time), a perfect window for Chinese fans to celebrate the annual National Day.
With top boxers Meng Fanlong and Zhang Zilei both winning their most recent bouts, his return is expected to provide a much-needed boost to pro boxing in China, where the outbreak has forced the closure of a growing number of local gyms. Low and young prospects are canceled to stop training with local events.
Max Power’s chief promoter Liu Gang said: “The fight against Benitez is more important than proving that Xu still has the title.” “If Xu wins, it will be a fight that will bring confidence and excitement to boxing in China.”
In the year Meng, who represented China at the 2012 London Olympics, defeated Canadian former WBA, WBC and IBO light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal by unanimous decision in Florida on May 20. Three months later, heavyweight star Zhang narrowly lost a thrilling IBF rematch with Phillips. Croatia’s Hirgovic lost his shot at the division’s world title after a 12-round fight.
“I vowed to myself to persevere and lead by example, no matter how difficult it may be.”