Zou delights in Macao
By Mark G. Butcher, reporting from ringside in Macao: Chinese hero Zou Shiming delighted his many fans by grinding down plucky Thai teenager Yokthong Kokietgym in seven rounds to score his first professional stoppage in front of an excited and partisan crowd at the Cotai Arena.
Vazquez bemuses Shafikov, retains IBF crown
By Mark G. Butcher, reporting from ringside in Macao: He may not be cut from the same mould as Mexican legends Julio Cesar Chavez and Marco Antonio Barrera, but there is no denying Miguel Vazquez will be a difficult world champion to dislodge. The Mexican retained his IBF lightweight title via unanimous decision at the Cotai Arena on Saturday over bemused Russian challenger Denis Shafikov in a bout that fell way short of pre-fight expectation.
'Ring of Gold' undercard action
By Mark G. Butcher, reporting from ringside in Macao: Bangkok’s Atthaporn Jaritram looked like he’d been on the pad thai more than the pads and was blown away by Olympic gold medal winner Egor Mekhontsev, 2-0 (2), in the second round of a light-heavyweight bout optimistically scheduled for six.