Agence France-PresseApril 7, 2013 00:30
Boxing was banned in China under Mao Zedong because it was deemed too Western and too violent.
But if top promoter Bob Arum gets his way -- and he usually does -- the country will be the future of the sport.
"For any serious business person... it's a country of 1.4 billion people and it's a country that's emerging economically to be a real super power," said Arum, founder and chief executive of Las Vegas-based Top Rank promotions.
"It's a country where people are just starting to have the opportunity to sample what we in the West are used to, like professional boxing.