Trainer Freddie Roach is so impressed with double Olympic champion Zou Shiming that he believes the Chinese born boxing hero can become a world champion after just six fights. At the age of 32 the light flyweight prospect does not have time on his side but Roach is so impressed with his charge so far that he believes he will be a champion in no time at all.
“Zou Shiming is going to be a world champion in a short time – possibly inside one year,” said Roach. “And I think he can do it in fewer fights than Leon Spinks, another Olympic Gold Medalist. Spinks dethroned Muhammad Ali in his seventh professional fight.
“I think Zou can do it by his sixth professional fight if not sooner. Zou has been at weight for most of this week. He is disciplined, smart and just plain good. He has impressed me on a daily basis. He is such a quick study.
Roach added: “He’s a great student. He has so much talent. Anyone who can win two Olympic gold medals and three World Amateur Championships, you know he has to have talent. I think his amateur experience and accomplishments will take him a long, long way as a professional.
Shiming makes his pro debut in a four round bout against Eleazar Valenzuela in a four rounder on the massive Top Rank promoted card at the Cotai Arena in Macao, China on Saturday (April 6), and he is looking forward to fighting on home soil
“I am so excited for Saturday night said Shiming. “As big a night as it is for me it is even a bigger night for the sport of boxing and for boxing in China. My goal is to shine as bright a light on the sport in my country and to help advance its development here for amateurs and professionals alike.”
Shiming is equally as impressed with his new trainer as Roach is with him.
“Freddie has taught me a lot – including how to launch my power from my legs”, said Shiming. “How I can give my opponent body shots. A lot of things. He’s made me more skilled.
“In training camp with Freddie I have to avoid as many power punches from my sparring opponents as I can. I constantly need to remind myself this is not Olympic-style games. This is real. This is professional boxing.
The card is headlined by two-time WBO super featherweight champion Roman Martinez, who defends his title against Diego Magdaleno and WBA/WBO flyweight champ Brian Viloria, who takes on Juan Francesco Estrada
April 4, 2013