(JULY 27) Before I begin to talk
about the data that I was able to obtain from many valuable
sources from China, I would like to give a sincere "thank you"
to all, for the help that I received in trying to learn more
about the female boxers and the sport in itself in China.
This journey began in wanting to seek more information about the
women boxers in China, after a fight that took place in
July between Ji-Hyun Park of South Korea vs. Sun Yanqun, of
Upon request to the
IFBA for more information---they
provided Sun Yanqun's boxing record
that was written in Chinese.
According to that record Yanqun was actually 5-2, and not a pro
After obtaining the boxing record of
Yanqun's boxing record and
having it translated, I then tried to verify the fights that
were listed on Yanqun's record.
Unfortunately, I was not able to
do that---but with that said, it does not mean that those fights
did not take place. Here is some of the background that I was
able to obtain about the women boxers in China.
WBAN found out that women's boxing as a whole is extremely
unorganized and not popular in China. According to our sources
who came forward, there is not a place where you can see the
records of the women boxers who box in China. We have been told
by many sources that the women in China are considered amateurs,
and that they can fight amateur and pro at the same time.
In one of our own biographies on WBAN of female boxer,
of China, her
team said the following:
"Professional just starting in China. There
is not a lot of pro boxing in China. They don't have a chance to
fight overseas too. Thus, the Chinese fighters always fight in
amateur bout and professional bout in the same time. The
Government has no rules to stop them to fight in the
In Jing's biography there was also some interesting historical
comments. In talking about how Jing began in boxing, and the
status of the sport at that time:
"In 2001, Jing's father
watched her fight in the street and found that she has the
fighting ability. He sent Jing to the boxing team, but unluckily
women's boxing was not approved by the Chinese Government at
that time. So...Jing join the Tae Kwon Do team only. She won the
Champion in Tae Kwon Do (55 kg) in the Province Game in 2002.
Then, Jing's father got a call from the head coach of the boxing
team. Xian Athlete Institute established a women's boxing team
at that time, thus, Jing joined that boxing team. Jing was
injured in the training and stopped in July of 2004 and she
ended up quitting the boxing team. In 2005, one year before the
Chinese Government approved women's boxing. Her existing trainer
was going to form a women boxing team, Jing was invited to join
In one of the most extensive historical articles on the internet
about the history of boxing in China,
Zhenyu Li, a writer with the People's daily and a member of
the International Boxing Research Organisation (IBRO) wrote
about the complete history.
Link to article
Some interesting tidbits of comments from those who helped WBAN
about learning more about China....
A ring official from China told WBAN, "According to AIBA rule,
amateur boxers are not allowed to fight pro but the fighters in
China fight both. There are and were three female boxers in
China who fight professional boxing only."
An WBAN reader told us, "In China, many things are not
well-regulated like the western world. They might change or make
up some documents or record for some reasons. I cannot find very
much information about 'Sun Yanqun' because the Chinese do not
use the internet as much here and they don’t put every thing
online. No one cares about female boxing in china. "
Another interesting tidbit that was told to us was the
"The women boxers in China are amateur, but sometimes
they fight professional shows. In fact, they are in full time
training. The Government pays them a salary. They are not able
to fight in 10-point must system as their trainers has no idea
about that. The best and second best boxers are recruited by the
Sports Institute preparing for the Olympics.
Another comment to WBAN:
"I am afraid there is no specific boxing news or record
website in China since boxing is not a popular sports in China.
I tried to find Sun Yanqun’s info but have found nothing."
In conclusion, although I could not obtain a lot of info about
the women boxers in China, I believe that I have a better grasp
and understanding as to when we see women from China fight for
titles----that these women boxers from China may indeed have a
lot of fights on their records---but are not properly recorded
or potentially cannot be verified.
We would like to provide more extensive coverage of the women
boxers in China. If we can get the public to send us fight reports with
results, photos and videos.
If anyone would like to add information about this topic, you
can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.