Zou Shiming vs Amnat Ruenroeng Preview March 7th
Zou Shiming of China will be taking on undefeated Amnat Ruenroeng of Thailand on Saturday, March 7 at the Venetians Cotai Arena in Macau, China for Ruenroeng’s IBF World Flyweight Championship. The 12-round bout can be seen on HBO 2 at 5pm ET on tape delay in the U.S. and on BoxNation in the UK. Shiming is China’s most popular boxer due to his outstanding amateur career. He managed to capture two Olympic gold medals and three World Championships before turning pro and is now on the hunt for his first professional world title.
Shiming turned pro just 23 months ago and this will be his seventh pro outing. The 33-year-old enters the ring with a record of 6-0 with 1 Ko while the 35-year-old Ruenroeng will climb through the ropes with a mark of 14-0 along with 5 Kos to his name. Shiming lacks a power punch and that’s why he’s fought 45 rounds as a pro so far in just half a dozen outings. He stands just over 5-feet-4-inches tall and has a 64.5-inch reach. Ruenroeng is the same height as the challenger, but has a five-inch reach advantage. Like Shiming, the champion also lacks knockout power and he has 108 rounds under his belt since turning pro in 2012.
This won’t be the first time these two have met in the ring as they fought three times as amateurs. The trilogy started off well for Ruenroeng as he won the first fight after being called up to the Thai amateur boxing team as a late substitute back in 2007 at the King’s Cup tournament. However, that would be the only bout he would win as Shiming came back to win their final two matches. These two know what t expect from each other once the opening bell sounds, but things will be much different over a 12-round pro bout.
Promoter Bob Arum said, “Beloved in the Peoples’ Republic of China and an incredible talent, Zou Shiming has earned his right to fight for a professional world championship belt. It is fitting that the Shiming vs Ruenroeng world flyweight title fight take place at The Venetian Macao, which has become one of the great boxing capitals of the world.”
Ruenroeng won the vacant world title in January of 2014 with a 12-round unanimous decision over Rocky Fuentes in Thailand. He then successfully defended it twice later that year. Since both of these boxers lack power fans should expect to see a boxing match dominated by speed rather than hard hitting.
Shiming will have the home crowd behind him and he will need to use his speed to get in and out and land shots without getting nailed by the champion’s longer reach. This should be a fast-paced bout and a relatively close one with Shiming lifting the title by decision at the end of 12 rounds.
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