WBC Vice Presidents , Members of the WBC Board of Governors, WBC Executive Officers and VIPs gather outside the Yan An Hotel in Old Shanghai where t
WBC five Vice Presidents present a placard of official affiliation to the MR Liu Tao, President of the China Boxing Federation
WBC Boxing Summit in Shanghai, China
Professinal world boxing championships were held for the first time on Hainan Island, China, at the HaiKou Arena that was televised live across Chin
China's rising star Xu Cun Yan wins against Canadian Lindsay Garbatt
China's world youth champion Qiu Xiao Jun (China) continues his assent into the WBC top rank with a points win against Australian Jason Cooper
In the ring for the WBC Straweight World Title contest at HaiKou, Hannan Island, China
WBC Vice Presidents, Governors and Executive Officers conducted a historic boxing summit in Shanghai, China, on to support the development of professional boxing in China.
At the summit on 3 February the President of the China Boxing Federation (CBF) was presented with a placard to commemorate the officially affiliation of the CBF into the WBC.
Following the summit world-class boxing championships were staged for the first time at the HaiKou Arena on Hainan Island on February 5 that featured the WBC World Straweight title and three other WBC championships.
The fight results were as follows:
WBC Straw Weight (Minimum) Championship
Xiong Zhaozhong (China) TKO loss to Oswaldo Novoa (Mexico)
WBC Youth Super Bantamweight World Championship
Qiu Xiao Jun (China) majority points winner Vs. Jason Cooper (Australia)
WBC Female Featherweight International Championship
Xu Cun Yan (China) majority points winner Vs. Lindsay Garbatt (Cananda)
WBC All-Asia Welterweight Championship
Yang Xin Xin (China) TKO loss to Sirimongkol Singwancha (Thailand)
China?s biggest television network CCTV televised the event live from the Haikou Arena with American Jimmy Lennon as the official ring announcer .
This was only the second time that CCTV had broadcasted live a professional boxing event ? and both events were sanctioned by the WBC.
From the days of the Chairman Mao Zedong the Chinese population nation-wide have watched on television the heroes of boxing including the great champions Muhammad Ali, George Forman, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield. These names are still known in homes around in China.
The Chinese people know the fame of the WBC green and gold world championship belts as being the greatest prize of professional boxing.
Xiong Zhao Zhong became a famous sporting identity in China being the first Chinese boxer to win a world professional boxing title.
World Boxing Council federations - the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation and the Asian Boxing Council - were the first to hold professional boxing championships in the People?s Republic of China.
This achievement led to the WBC staging WBC International, WBC Silver Belt and WBC World Championships for the first time in China?s history.
The success of the WBC championships laid the foundation for the WBC to become the world?s premier organization for professional boxing in China.
Professional boxing was endorsed by China when the Provincial Government of Chengdu, the capital city of the Sichuan Province, successfully hosted the 46th annual world convention of the WBC in Chengdu in 2008 shortly after the Beijing Olympic Games.
Now the China Boxing Federation in affiliation with the WBC has engaged a strategic development plan that includes:
? Staging a series of events in 2014-2015 to establish the boxing champions of China in all the WBC weight divisions
? Establish safety standards in professional boxing contests in accordance to the rules and regulations of the WBC.
? Open of a CBF website in Chinese and English to promote WBC events in China and internationally.
? Assisting the Central Government?s Sports Cultural Ministry with WBC safety standards for professional boxing and providing boxers? records.
The CBF representatives are:
Mr Liu Tao, President
Allan Zhou Yong, Executive Secretary
Zhang Hui Lian, Treasurer
Lucy Wan Lu, Secretary
Liu Gang, Sports Director
Patrick Cusick, International Director