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Jesus Rojas May Face Can Xu in Year-End Title Defense

By Miguel Rivera

According to World Boxing Association (WBA) "regular" featherweight world champion Jesus Rojas, his next opponent could be Chinese contender Can Xu, who is the top rated boxer in the WBA rankings.

Last Saturday, Rojas lost a twelve round unanimous decision to Joseph "Jo Jo" Diaz, but the Puerto Rican boxer retained the WBA belt because the challenger could not get down to the featherweight limit of 126-pounds.

"After the fight, there was talk of making another [fight] for November or December against the first ranked challenger, who in this case is Xu. Golden Boy Promotions made a deal with him to allow Diaz to fight against me," Rojas said to Carlos Gonzalez.

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It would be the second time that Xu appears in the path of Rojas.

Several months ago, the representatives of both fighters held discussions so that the fight was included as part of the July undercard where Manny Pacquiao faced Lucas Matthysse in Malaysia.

"For that fight they had offered me something good as far as the economic terms, but the promoters of Xu did not want to accept any guarantees. I wanted to be in China at least 15 days before the fight and be able to take a doctor that I trust, among other things, but they did not accept it, "Rojas said.

The Puerto Rican boxer likes the idea of having that fight in Puerto Rico, but immediately recognized that in all likelihood it will not be viable.

"I imagine they will try to bring it to the United States, although it is necessary to see if my promoter (Javier Bustillo) can bring it to Puerto Rico," he said.

Xu (14-2, 2 KO) is in the midst of an 11 fight winning streak. Of his 16 contests, he has made only two outside of China. In 2014 he visited Japan and in 2015 he was in Australia.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Pakutu93 on 08-16-2018

Let's go Rojas!!! It's seems to me nobody can fauk with Rojas!! El mas Castao en Borinquen!!!! Hahah!!!!

Comment by BestPR on 08-16-2018

...it really doesn't matter where they fight, Rojas is gonna knock Chan Chu out anyway!!!

Comment by BestPR on 08-16-2018

...just another attempt at trying to make Rojas lose the title...Rojas isn't going anywhere anytime soon...he's a fan favorite and the people's champ here in Puertorro, and still most importantly, he's a legitimate world champion!!! I hope he gets to…

Comment by sugar ray lenrd on 08-16-2018

[QUOTE=Rikanlynx86;19025384]I still think the title should have become vacant at least, since he lost. Feels off to me that hes considered world champ but he lost a fight as champion. I like Rojas alot but I dont like that wba…

Comment by Rikanlynx86 on 08-16-2018

[QUOTE=sugar ray lenrd;19024612]The reason why he was allowed to keep his belt is because Diaz didn't make the 126 lb weight. He was overweight therefore the title isn't on the line. If you can't make the weight you shouldn't compete…

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