By Ron Valderrama: China’s Zou Shiming (1-0), in his pro debut defeated Eleazar Valenzuela (2-1-2) in a 4- round bout from the Venetian Resort in Macao, China. Shiming, a two-time Olympic champion and trained by Freddy Roach, started throwing punches from the opening bell. Zou did well dodging punches and throwing some nice shots on Valenzuela. Zou suffered a slip in round one, but calmed down and had Valenzuela stunned in round three with some heavy punches. Zou boxed for the remainder of the fight and displaying good defensive skills and cutting off the ring. With the pressure of his pro debut out of the way, it appears Zou may be a crafty fighter to keep an eye on. He will need to make some improvements, but he has good skills in the areas of movement and speed. The fight was estimated to have been viewed by over 300-million people worldwide.
Super featherweights- Roman "Rocky" Martinez (27-1, 16 KOs) battled Diego Magdaleno (23-1, 9 KOs) in an entertaining bout. Magdaleno, not known for his power had Martinez stunned in round three, only to be dropped by Martinez in round four by a hard right hand, Magdaleno would survive the count. Magdaleno would again stun Martinez at the end of round eight with a barrage of punches, but Martinez countered back. In round nine, a cut opened up over Magdaleno’s eye. Good boxing in the final round by both fighters as both put on a slug-fest. In the end the judges scored the bout 115-112, 116-111, 114-113 in favor of Roman Martinez by split decision.
Flyweights- Brian Viloria (32-4, 19 KOs) faced Juan Francisco Estrada (23-2, 18 KOs) in a scheduled 12 round bout. Good counter punching by both fighters in the early rounds, Viloria displayed amazing speed and power. Viloria stepped up the pace in round three landing some hard body shots. In round four, Estrada had a better round as he exchanged blows with Viloria landing a few shots. The two would continue trading punches, when Estrada had success fighting Viloria on the inside. This would be the key for Estrada for the remainder of the fight, taking Viloria out of his comfort zone. The judges scored the bout 115-113, 111-116, 111-117 in favor of Juan Francisco Estrada by split decision and the WBO and WBA Flyweight Title.
Super bantamweights- Wilfredo Vasquez (22-3-1, 19 KOs) lost a majority decision to Yasutaka Ishimoto (21-6, 5 KOs) in a 10-round bout.
Flyweights- Milan Melindo (29-0, 12 KOs) defeated Tommy Seran (23-2, 14 KOs) by TKO in round-4 of the scheduled 10-rounder.
Super flyweights- Paul Fleming (18-0, 13 KOs) beat Ryusei Yoshida (22-6, 10 KOs) in round-4 of a scheduled 8-round bout.
Featherweights- Dodie Boy Penalosa Jr. (11-0, 11 KOs) had a third round knockout win over Nimithra Sithsaithong (4-5, 3 KOs) in a scheduled 6-round bout.
Super bantamweights- Dave Penelosa (6-0, 4 KOs) scored a knockout win in round-2 of a scheduled 4-round bout over Cheroenchai Sithsaithong (4-4, 3 KOs).
April 6, 2013