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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.
The ‘Weight of Gold’ in Macao
By Mark G. Butcher in Macao: The weigh-in for Saturday’s glittering ‘Ring of Gold’ event took place at the Bellini Lounge in the opulent Venetian Casino on Friday afternoon. There were no problems on the scales for any of the boxers involved in championship fights with IBF lightweight king Miguel Vazquez and unbeaten challenger Denis Shafikov weighing in at an identical 134.8lbs.
Vazquez plans to shine at ‘Ring of Gold’
Interview by Mark G. Butcher in Macao: Saturday’s ‘Ring of Gold’ promotion may be notable for featuring three Olympic gold medal winners turned hot prospects, but the consensus fight of the night at the Venetian Resort’s Cotai Arena will feature IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez defending his title for the sixth time against tough Russian mandatory challenger Denis Shakifov. And Vazquez feels this is his time to shine.
Fighting talk at ‘Ring of Gold’
By Mark G. Butcher in Macao: One might feel they had stumbled upon a Rosetta Stone convention given the number of foreign tongues at the ‘Ring of Gold’ final press conference at the Venetian Theatre in Macao. Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Tagalog and English were all spoken on the dais before an enthusiastic South-East Asian media. Yet the common language was fighting.
Arum: One obstacle to Mayweather-Pacquiao
By Mark G. Butcher in Macao: A degree in rocket science is not required to know who Bob Arum believes is responsible for derailing that elusive Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao superfight.
Bob Arum and the globalisation of boxing
By Mark G. Butcher in Macao: Something special is happening in Macao. The casino floors of the Venetian Resort are already heaving with South-East Asia’s high and low rollers chasing dreams and distraction. The appetite for gambling is unrivalled here and, where there is a major casino, boxing is never too far away.