Fan Longmeng has great ambitions. With a victory over Jean Pascal next week, China will be rubbing shoulders with champion Artur Beterbiev before the end of the year.
If Meng’s name (17-0, 10 K.-O.) is a wake-up call for Quebec fans, that’s fine.
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The 34-year-old southpaw will face IBF and WBC light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbieff (17-0) in Quebec in March 2020. However, the pandemic has derailed Top Rank and Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) plans.
“There was a pandemic and there were other reasons why our fight didn’t happen, Meng Fanlong stressed in an interview with Le Journal. I still want this fight. After all, I’m still the number one contender in the IBF. My goal is to Fighting all the best fighters in the 175-pound class.”
Why didn’t Beterbiev confront Meng? Yes, the pandemic is a factor.
However, if he accepts the unification round, he can avoid his mandatory challenger. This will be the case in his next duel. On June 18 in New York, he will face WBO champion Joe Smith Jr.
A paid battle for the two finalists, but most importantly more sales from US TV networks.
Facing a lion heart
Before considering the big conference, Meng must focus on his next opponent: Jean Pascal. Although his pace has slowed over the years, the former world champion still has the heart of a lion.
On May 20 in Florida, it will be the first duel between Quebecers since their involvement in a doping incident last May.
“I’ve seen Pascal fight a few times in the past few years and I know what type of boxer he is,” said the man from Inner Mongolia. My focus is not on him, but on me. I want to have a fight. “
“I had a good training camp and I was well prepared. What made him special was being able to put on gloves with a training partner who had the same style as Pascal. It helped me a lot,” he said.
Meng has no intention of reinventing the wheel to win from this duel.
“People know my style. In order to win, I’m going to have to keep it. I’m going to have to impose it and do everything I can to target its weaknesses.
In addition to being left-handed, Meng is also able to measure his distance from his opponents well. His left hand is short and powerful. He was able to throw it effectively.
Roy Jones Jr as Idol
As a teenager, Meng fell in love with boxing after watching a few boxing matches.
“My dream is to be a professional athlete,” the athlete said. After that, I started an amateur career and participated in the 2012 Olympics. My favorite boxer is Roy Jones Jr. because of his style and the way he handles the fight.
When he decided to jump ship to a career, Meng decided to move to the United States. He never looked back after that.
“America is boxing mecca. If you’re going pro, you have to be here. There’s electricity in the air on boxing night.
By facing Jean Pascal, Meng will have international fame. He has to win with a sparkling performance to get any closer to a world title race.
On the other hand, we can count on Pascal to try and play sabotage.
China’s first fighting live broadcast
ProBox TV executives accomplished a feat in anticipation of their May 20 card. They obtained the necessary authorization to broadcast the Meng Fanlong-Jean Pascal duel in China.
A market of 1.5 billion people makes American salesmen salivate.
Meng is praying that, from every angle, this breakthrough on Chinese soil will be a success.
“It made a lot of sense to me,” Meng said. This has never been done before. Chinese people have never been exposed to professional boxing. For the first time, my family will be able to see me in action.
“I don’t think it puts pressure on my shoulders. I’d rather say it motivates me like never before. In my experience, I will be able to control my emotions.”
He will also face a crafty opponent who can take advantage of the situation. Pascal will do whatever it takes to bring Meng into the unknown.
Impressed by Bever
Meng sat in the front row to watch the match between Canelo Alvarez and WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivor in Las Vegas.
“Bivor had the right game plan and he kept his word,” explained the southpaw. He had a great defence. He blocked a couple of shots from Alvarez before launching a good counter-attack.
With his win, Bivol proved that he shouldn’t be underestimated, even if he doesn’t have the biggest impact in the 175-pound class. We hope to see the unification clash between Bivol and Artur Beterbiev in the fall.
Eye of the Tiger Management (EOTTM) boxer Mary Spencer (4-0, 3 KOs) will not face former champion Chris Namus on May 28 in Brampton.
Spencer will face Amira Esther Reynoso (12-10-3, 8 KOs) in an eight-round matchup at the CAA Center.
A victim of minor injuries, Namus had to give up. On the other hand, his duel with Spencer has been postponed to June 23 at the Montreal Casino.