China Crowned First World Champion in Historic Fight

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 China crowned its first world champion in an historic fight when Chao Zhong Xiong(Xiong Zhao Zhong in Chinese) won the vacant World Boxing Council minimumweight title with a unanimous twelve round decision over Mexico’s Javier Martinez Resendiz at the Kunming City Stadium in Kunming, China in November of 2012. This made him the first Chinese(Hmong) boxer to ever win a World Title and makes him the current WBC Silver Minimumweight Champion.

Chao Zhong Xiong was born in 1982 in rural Yunnan Wenshan, as a second child in his family. He has an older brother and a younger brother. His parents are Hmong farmers and since childhood he grew up poor. After only a year at vocational high school, Chao Zhong selected to drop out to find work to support his family.

He found work in the coal mines and also gained supplementary income by doing work on his cousin’s banana plantation. Chao Zhong was first exposed to boxing through television and magazines. He decided he wanted to pursue boxing at the The Kunming Granville Boxing Club. He did not expect that his family would be very supportive, but his cousin gave him 1000 yuan, and his parents also come up with more than 800 yuan to help him pay tuition for the Boxing lessons. He took their money gifts as well as his enthusiasm of boxing to Kunming.