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Amnat outhustles Zou in Macao
By Mark Butcher in Macao: The trickery and ring savvy of IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng proved too much for Chinese hero Zou Shiming as the Thai scored a unanimous points win at the Cotai Arena. Scores were 116-111 across the board and that seemed a fair reflection of the contest.
Yang, Tapia, Tso triumph in Macao
By Mark Butcher in Macao: Larger-than-life 140-pounder Ik Yang laughed, joked, showboated with a typically maverick performance before bullying Patomsuk Pathompothong into submission after 1 minute 47 seconds of the sixth of an IBF title eliminator at the Cotai Arena.
Interview by Mark Butcher in Macao: As Macao stirred on this misty Saturday morning, a giant image of Zou Shiming, adorning one of the Venetian Casino’s palatial towers, loomed over the Cotai Strip. A two-year project where the former amateur star has been moulded from raw professional novice into a potential world champion has almost reached fruition.
Thailand thirsts for Amnat revenge
By Mark Butcher in Macao: Amnat Ruenroeng will truly be fighting for the people of Thailand when he defends his IBF flyweight crown at the Cotai Arena on Saturday. The proud nation known for its breathtaking beaches, tropical temperatures and exuberant nightlife is still aching at the decision at the London 2012 Olympics which saw his challenger Zou Shiming win his second gold medal against Thai Kaeo Pongprayoon – a verdict widely viewed as controversial.
Zou and Ruenroeng tip the scales
By Mark Butcher in Macao: IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng and challenger Chinese boxing icon Zou Shiming comfortably made the weight for their eagerly-awaited clash at the Cotai Arena on Saturday. But both camps remain extremely confident that the scales will tip in their favour tomorrow.
Tso talks about two-year Top Rank deal
By Mark Butcher in Macao: Popular super-flyweight Rex Tso received a major boost as he hones in on a summer title shot against WBA 115lbs champion Kohei Kono with the announcement of a two-year co-promotional deal with Top Rank before the final press conference for Zou-Ruenroeng. The ever-smiling Tso, Hong Kong’s first ever professional fighter, later explained his joy at the deal.
Birthday Boy Roach Nears Another Milestone
By Mark Butcher in Macao: The most decorated coach in boxing turns 55 today. Seven-time trainer of the year Freddie Roach has forgotten more about the sport than most of us will ever know, but is perhaps on the cusp of one of his finest achievements in converting dyed-in-the-wool amateur Zou Shiming into a professional world champion within the space of two years.
Zou Shiming and the rise of Macao
By Mark Butcher: For many years, US boxing promoters and sporting entrepreneurs speculated on the gold mine on the other side of the world. The lucrative gambling market in Macao (currently pulling in seven times the revenue of the entire state of Nevada) whispered Eastern promise and China’s extraordinary 1.3 billion population could offer a potential viewing audience like no other. But the Chinese needed one of their own to spark the revolution - this untapped market lacked a superstar.
Bradley denied by stunning draw
By Mark G. Butcher at ringside: Tim Bradley overcame a badly swollen, possibly fractured, left cheekbone to outhustle roughhousing Argentine Diego Chaves over 12 uncompromising rounds in a fight the judges bemusingly scored a split draw.
Lee discombobulates Korobov in six, Benavides controversy
By Mark G. Butcher at ringside: Andy Lee scored a stunning sixth round stoppage of previously unbeaten Matt Korobov to win the vacant WBO middleweight title, prompting wild scenes of jubilation from the Irish contingent in the crowd. A monstrous right hook discombobulated the Russian and, when Lee pounced, Korobov was unable to defend himself prompting referee Kenny Bayless’ intervention after 1-10 seconds of the sixth.