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Zou ‘transforms’ into world class fighter
By Mark Butcher in Macao: The cameo star of ‘Transformers 4’ transformed into a world class fighter before our eyes. Chinese boxing icon Zou Shiming showed poise, discipline and fortitude in the trenches to clearly outpoint three-time world title challenger Colombian Luis De La Rosa over 10 absorbing rounds before a boisterous Cotai Arena crowd at the Venetian Casino.
Rigondeaux Blasts Out Looknongyangtoy/Shiming Shines In Macao
By Mark Butcher, ringside in Macao: Chinese boxing hero Zou Shiming comprehensively outboxed and out-fought Colombian three-time world title challenger Luis De La Rosa to delight his excited fans at the Cotai Arena and the many millions of supporters watching at home across his native land.
The irresistible force of Gilberto Ramirez
By Mark Butcher in Macao: Unbeaten super-middleweight Gilberto Ramirez has the irresistible looks of a Latin movie star and power just as disarming. The handsome Mexican has drawn gasps and even applause from Chinese women inside the Venetian Casino ahead of his bout against Junior Talipeau on Saturday. Ramirez also has a habit of leaving his opponents similarly weak-kneed.
Weights Of Gold
By Mark Butcher in Macao: Zou Shiming, Guillermo Rigondeaux and Gilberto Ramirez were all a half pound within their respective weight limits for Saturday’s show at the Cotai Arena. Rather fittingly for an event dubbed ‘Champions of Gold’, WBA Super and WBO super-bantamweight champion Rigondeaux arrived at the weigh-in at the Venetian Casino’s Bellini Lounge in a pair of eye-catching gold trainers.
New father Viloria focused on sleep, another world title
By Mark Butcher in Macao: New parenthood is a miraculous experience in any man’s life, but also a poignant time of patient love and sacrifice. Recent father Brian Viloria has had to forgo elements of his personal life for his professional one as he pursues his goal of becoming a four-time world champion.
WBO gaffe raises the heat for Zou
By Mark Butcher in Macao: A look-through-your-fingers gaffe by the WBO added extra spice to the pre-fight press conference for the ‘Champions of Gold’ event featuring Chinese superstar Zou Shiming at the Venetian Casino in Macao on Saturday (July 19th).
Rigondeaux plans to go out with a bang
By Mark Butcher in Macao: The relationship between Guillermo Rigondeaux and promoter Top Rank has not always been an easy one. The emotional pendulum has swung between cordial and frosty, but as the supremely gifted Cuban sees out the final fight of his promotional contract with Bob Arum the mood within Team Rigondeaux is a buoyant one.
Egor Mekhontsev – The Next Russian Sensation
By Mark Butcher in Macao: In the same division where Sergey Kovalev has been knocking over opponents like dominoes, another Russian sensation is lurking. Light-heavyweight Egor Mekhontsev is the third Olympic gold medal winner on the ‘Champions of Gold’ event at the Venetian Casino in Macao on Saturday and has the tools to emulate his hard-hitting countryman.
Zou Shiming shining before Champions Of Gold
By Mark Butcher: Amid the hustle and bustle generated by Chinese gamers and thrill-seekers, Top Rank’s latest foray into the South-East Asian boxing market takes place this Saturday with national hero Zou Shiming the focus of the ‘Champions of Gold’ event at the Venetian Casino in Macao. Zou and Guillermo Rigondeaux are finalizing their preparation in a custom gym in the catacombs beneath the cavernous casino away from the prying eyes of passing gamblers.
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.