We popped a little when the WSJ fight article came out 5 minutes ago:
When the biggest names in boxing talk about the future of the sport, they point to a soft-spoken man who weighs only a little over 100 pounds and hails from one of China's poorest provinces.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time world amateur boxing champion Zou Shiming will make his professional debut on April 6 in a four-round flyweight bout against Eleazar Valenzuela of Mexico at the Venetian Macao Resort in Macau.
.Saturday's fight featuring Zou Shiming—China's first Olympic gold medalist in boxing—will be the most-watched telecast in the professional sport's history, says his promoter, the octogenarian Bob Arum, who has represented boxers from Muhammad Ali to Manny Pacquiao.
"Such is the demographics of China," he said, predicting that more than 200 million homes in the world's most populous country will tune in to see Mr. Zou, who, at 31 years of age, is a gray beard in terms of a fighter making his pro debut.
The fight, which is taking place in the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau, will be broadcast free in China. But Mr. Arum hopes to ultimately be able to charge Chinese viewers for future boxing events, a la pay-per-view, as he does in the U.S., assuming Saturday's fight is a popular success.
It is an event that would have literally been impossible just a few decades ago and one that underscores the rising importance of China as a source of growth for many global industries, including sports.
Boxing was banned in China in the 1960s and '70s during late Communist dictator Mao Zedong's rule. The sport was considered too savage and too Western. It wasn't until 1986 that boxing was allowed again after authorities realized its 10 weight classes could aid the country's pursuit of Olympic medals.