Xu Can: I have 80% chance to defend my title

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Xu Can (L) of China competes during the competition with Jesus Rojas in Houston, the United States, on Jan. 26, 2019. Xu Can lifted China's first ever World Boxing Association title here on Saturday after he defeated defending champion Jesus Rojas of Puerto Rico by unanimous decision. (Xinhua/Steven Song)

China's first World Boxing Association (WBA) champion Xu Can is set to defend his WBA featherweight world title against Shun Kubo from Japan in his hometown of Fuzhou, Jiangxi Province on Sunday. He said on Friday that he has 80% chance to defend his title.

"I am so delighted to defend my title in my hometown, I am well-prepared and have the faith to keep the golden belt in China," said Xu Can.

Xu turned professional in 2013 and compiled a record of 15-2 before becoming China's first WBA champion, defeating Jesus Rojas by unanimous decision after an action-packed 12 rounds on January 26.

According to WBA rules, Xu has had to stage his mandatory defense in six months after he won the title.

Shun Kubo said he was honored to fight for the golden belt against Xu Can, who is a boxer with a big heart. Xu's M23 teammate, Japanese light flyweight favorite Sho Kimura is to take on Carlos Canizales of Venezuela on Sunday on the undercard. 

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