Will Zou Shiming Collide with Brian Viloria?
After hurdling separate opposition in the “Champions of Gold” fight card in Macau, Is Chinese boxing sensation Zou Shiming headed to a date with former two division world champion Brian Viloria?
Going the Distance
Zou Shiming showed tons of improvement in his 10 round unanimous decision victory over Columbian Luis De La Rosa in the main event of Top Rank’s latest fight card at the Cotai Arena of the Venetian Resort in Macau, China on Saturday night.
It was the first ten rounder bout for the former two time Olympic gold medalist from China, and he did not disappoint. Fighting the full route, Zou consistently landed his punches on De La Rosa while showing that he can go the distance in a 10 round professional fight. Zou was able to stay in the pocket when needed, unlike his previous fights where he often was uncertain of what to do in exchanges.
Zou also showed an improved body attack, and alternated it beautifully with head shots that battered his Columbian foe for 10 rounds. The judges score the bout 99-91, 99-91 and 97-93. Zou improved his record to 5-0 with 1 KO.
Although De La Rosa was not a top caliber fighter, he was a former title contender and his losses were from champions Mauricio Fuentes, Merlito Sabillo and Raul Garcia. De La Rosa was simply no match for Zou’s speed and movement, and he had a hard time staying away from Zou’s big shots. To make matters worse, De La Rosa suffered a severe cut on the left eyebrow in the fourth round which bothered De La Rosa throughout the bout. De La Rosa’s record fell to 23-4-1 with 13 KOs.
Filipino-American Brian Viloria kept his dream of fighting for another world title alive when he knocked out Jose Alfredo Zuniga in the fifth round of their scheduled 10 round flyweight attraction.
The former two division world champion used a consistent body attack to weaken his opponent. It was also a solid Hawaiian punch to the liver that ended the bout at the 1:42 mark of round five as Zuniga wasunable to beat the count.
The win was a triumphant return to Macau for Viloria, who lost his unified WBO and WBA flyweight titles via a heart-breaking split decision to Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada in the same venue last April 2013. Viloria bounced back by winning his first comeback fight last March against Juan Herrera. The win gives Viloria a new record of 34-4 with 20 KOs.
Both Zou Shiming and Brian Viloria were looking for big wins to earn title shots. But while Zou is looking for his first world title, Viloria is looking for one last title before hanging up his gloves. With both fighters being promoted by Top Rank, it is not impossible to see a match-up between these two top flyweights, In fact, Viloria previously said he was willing to take on Zou Shiming if that was the way to another belt. But would Arum and Roach let their prized possession take that risk?
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