WHEN former world strawweight champion Xiong Zhao Zhong challenges WBA champion Hekkie Budler in Monte Carlo on October 25, expectations are that 300 million Chinese will tune in to watch his title effort.
This is according to his manager Liu Gang, who says that Zhong’s status as China’s first ever professional world boxing champion has accorded him superstar status in a nation of 1.3 billion people.
“The Chinese call him ‘Mini Mike Tyson’ because he hits so hard for a small boxer,” said Gang. “We like this . . . he grew up admiring Mike Tyson.”