Can Xu Could Be in a High Stakes Bout
As previously reported by 3kingsboxing, WBA “regular” featherweight champion Can Xu (17-2, 3ko) will be facing rising contender Manny Robles III (18-0, 8ko) on November 23 at the Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, CA.
This was already a highly dangerous fight for both men. However, given how the WBA been shaking things up with these elevations the stakes could be even higher.
Recently reports say Leo Santa Cruz has moved up and will fight for the WBA ‘super’ Junior lightweight championship. This means that this fight could now have serious implications regarding the super title. This is especially the case when considering that the young undefeated Robles ranks #3 with the organization. It has been well documented how the WBA has handled previous situations similar to this pertaining to the super champion status.
The WBA ‘regular’ champion has been on an impressive winning streak since suffering his second career defeat back in 2014 against Bao Dong. He is also no stranger to fighting on American soil. Xu won both of his bouts, including capturing the regular title by defeating Jesus M. Rojas back on January 26.
Robles III is in a career-changing position, looking to go from contender to champion. Although he enjoys a visible power advantage, he hasn’t scored a knockout in his last outings. He will also have to overcome a height, reach and experience disadvantage.
Although nothing has been officially announced by the WBA organization, it isn’t beyond the realm of possibility and wouldn’t shock anyone inside the boxing community if after the fight they crown the winner with the super championship.
By: Garrisson Bland