The World Boxing Council has confirmed the cessation of relations with the Chinese Boxing Federation. No reason was given for the split. Since 2002, the WBC has made a considerable effort to boost professional boxing activities in China. They were the first body to hold an annual convention in Chengdu, the first body to stage a world championship fight in China and the first body to crown a Chinese world champion (Xiong Chao Zhong). The WBC intends to continue to work actively to develop the sport in that country.