Zou Shiming
Weightclass:
Flyweight
Age:
33
Birthplace:
Guizhou, Peoples Republic of China
Record:
5-0, 1 KO
Height:
5’5”
Reach:
Managers:
 
Trainers:
Freddie Roach (five-time BWAA Trainer of the Year)
biography

Ranked WBA #4, WBO #5, WBC #6, IBF #11 at 112 pounds…
WBO International flyweight champion…
2012 Olympics (amateur), 108 pounds – Gold Medalist…
2011 World Championships (amateur), 108 pounds – Gold Medalist…
2008 Olympics (amateur), 105 pounds – Gold Medalist…
2007 World Championships (amateur), 105 pounds – Gold Medalist…
2005 World Championships (amateur), 105 pounds – Gold Medalist…
2004 Olympic Games (amateur), 105 pounds – Bronze Medalist…
2003 World Championships (amateur), 105 pounds – Silver Medalist…

At the age of 33, Zou is a one-year pro. A former international amateur standout, he is the greatest amateur boxer in the history of the light-flyweight division – a two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Championships gold medalist – and one of China’s most popular athletes.
As a professional, he has already broken into the Top 10 world flyweight rankings – he is ranked No. 4 by the WBA, No. 5 by the WBO, No. 6 by the WBC, and No. 11 by the IBF.
Zou stepped up to 10-round status for the first time in his last fight on July 19, and was very impressive in a unanimous decision win against Luis de la Rosa.
After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: It's probably on to a flyweight world title fight for Zou after going the 10-round distance for the first time in a strong performance in what was also an entertaining fight.
Zou, the face of boxing in China, is likely headed for a world title opportunity…. But first Zou needed to get through this fight against a tough, determined and experienced De La Rosa…. De La Rosa was the perfect opponent to get Zou ready for a bigger fight and a probable 12-rounder next time out.
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2014 – WON VACANT WBO INTERNATIONAL FL TITLE – in his last fight on 7-19-14 in Macau, CHI, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Luis de la Rosa (23-3-1): the bout – Zou’s first scheduled 10-rounder – headlined at the Venetian Resort, and he dominated the fight; de la Rosa  gave a good effort, but Zou consistently outboxed and outworked him, and landed the sharper punches; de la Rosa was cut over his left eye by an accidental clash of heads in the 5th round; scored 99-91, 99-91, 97-93…
On 2-22-14 in Macau he won by TKO (7th round) against Yokthong Kokietgym (15-3): the scheduled 8-rounder headlined at the Venetian Resort; Zou outboxed and outworked Kokietgym, and scored repeatedly with sharp combinations; he scored three knockdowns in the 7th round – the fight with a right hand-left hook combination, the second and third with a series of punches – and the referee stopped the fight at 2:09…
 
2013 – on 11-24-13 in Macau he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Juan Toscano (3-1): the bout was one of the co-features with the Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios main event, and Zou dominated – he consistently outworked Toscano, landed the harder punches, and rocked him repeatedly; Toscano’s nose was bloodied in the 2nd round and he was cut under his left eye in the 3rd; scored 60-54, 60-54, 60-52…
On 7-27-13 in Macau he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Jesus Ortega (3-1): the bout headlined at the Venetian Resort; Ortega gave a good effort, but Zou fought aggressively, consistently outworked him, and dominated most of the fight; scored 59-55 on all three scorecards; after the fight, Zou said, "I'm pleased with the win, but my goal is to become a new champion and I know there are many new challenges I need to face. But I will work...
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background
AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:
2012 OLYMPICS – London, England, 108 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 8-4-12 he won a 14-11 decision against Yosvany Veitia of Cuba; in the quarterfinals on 8-8-12 he won a 13-10 decision against Birzhan Zhakypov of Kazakhstan; in the semifinals on 8-10-12 he had a 15-15 draw, but won the tiebreaker against Paddy Barnes of Ireland; in the finals on 8-11-12 he won a 13-10 decision against Kaeo Pongprayoon of Thailand...
BoxingScene.com’s Sun Xiaochen reported from ringside [excerpts]:  Zou Shiming is happy to have made his country proud but is even more delighted to have fulfilled his promise to his 13-month-old son.
Zou defended his light flyweight Olympic championship by overcoming Thai Kaeo Pongprayoon in a close fight.
Zou overcame a heel injury...to retain the title he won in Beijing in 2008. He said his most powerful motivator was a promise he made to his boy.
"My boy was born just one month before the London Games' one-year countdown. He is an Olympic baby, and I told him I would fight for a gold as his first birthday gift," an emotional Zou said after beating Pongprayoon in the final at London's ExCeL.
"I realized the commitment of a father to his son, and that's the most important reward for me."
Right after stepping out of the ring, Zou rushed to his wife, who watched and chanted as he hugged his son on the tribune. He kissed his boy and flew the national flag to celebrate his victory.
Zou's second gold made him the first man to win three medals in the light flyweight division. He took bronze at the 2004 Athens Games….
"I am so excited to finally get here," he said.
"I've come a long way. And I just want to stay with my family now, especially my son. No one can separate us now."
Zou was proud but conflicted when his son gripped a boxing glove, as well as pens,...
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Biography
  • Ranked WBA #4, WBO #5, WBC #6, IBF #11 at 112 pounds…
  • WBO International flyweight champion…
  • 2012 Olympics (amateur), 108 pounds – Gold Medalist…
  • 2011 World Championships (amateur), 108 pounds – Gold Medalist…
  • 2008 Olympics (amateur), 105 pounds – Gold Medalist…
  • 2007 World Championships (amateur), 105 pounds – Gold Medalist…
  • 2005 World Championships (amateur), 105 pounds – Gold Medalist…
  • 2004 Olympic Games (amateur), 105 pounds – Bronze Medalist…
  • 2003 World Championships (amateur), 105 pounds – Silver Medalist…

At the age of 33, Zou is a one-year pro. A former international amateur standout, he is the greatest amateur boxer in the history of the light-flyweight division – a two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Championships gold medalist – and one of China’s most popular athletes.

As a professional, he has already broken into the Top 10 world flyweight rankings – he is ranked No. 4 by the WBA, No. 5 by the WBO, No. 6 by the WBC, and No. 11 by the IBF.

Zou stepped up to 10-round status for the first time in his last fight on July 19, and was very impressive in a unanimous decision win against Luis de la Rosa.

After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: It's probably on to a flyweight world title fight for Zou after going the 10-round distance for the first time in a strong performance in what was also an entertaining fight.

Zou, the face of boxing in China, is likely headed for a world title opportunity…. But first Zou needed to get through this fight against a tough, determined and experienced De La Rosa…. De La Rosa was the perfect opponent to get Zou ready for a bigger fight and a probable 12-rounder next time out.

It's been a quick rise for Zou, who turned pro with much fanfare 15 months ago in a four-rounder, then fought a pair of six-rounders, moved up to an eight-round fight in February (and scored his first knockout in the seventh round) and then advanced to a 10-rounder, all under the guidance of Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, who has been slowly helping change Zou's amateur style into a more professional style where he sits down on his punches more.

He looked good against De La Rosa, using his better speed, movement and counter punching style to regularly beat him to the punch. Zou also displayed an effective jab and showed an ability to stand in the pocket and win some fierce exchanges.

The crowd, massively pro Zou, loved every minute of it as their man dominated the fight. [End Rafael item]

After the fight, Zou said through an interpreter, "I'm very confident – I'm ready for the world title.

"I have been preparing for a world title ever since day one. After going through 10 rounds, I'm more confident to go for the 12 rounds.

"My opponent, who was a great opponent, he did very well today, so all of that makes this a more meaningful victory."

Zou was also a bronze medalist at the 2004 Olympics, which made him his nation's first Olympic medalist in boxing, as well as its first boxing gold medalist in the World Championships and the Olympics.

Known for his extraordinary speed and superb footwork – thanks to years of martial-arts training – Zou has said that his heroes are Muhammad Ali and Jackie Chan.

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2014 – WON VACANT WBO INTERNATIONAL FL TITLE – in his last fight on 7-19-14 in Macau, CHI, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Luis de la Rosa (23-3-1): the bout – Zou’s first scheduled 10-rounder – headlined at the Venetian Resort, and he dominated the fight; de la Rosa  gave a good effort, but Zou consistently outboxed and outworked him, and landed the sharper punches; de la Rosa was cut over his left eye by an accidental clash of heads in the 5th round; scored 99-91, 99-91, 97-93…

On 2-22-14 in Macau he won by TKO (7th round) against Yokthong Kokietgym (15-3): the scheduled 8-rounder headlined at the Venetian Resort; Zou outboxed and outworked Kokietgym, and scored repeatedly with sharp combinations; he scored three knockdowns in the 7th round – the fight with a right hand-left hook combination, the second and third with a series of punches – and the referee stopped the fight at 2:09…

 

2013 – on 11-24-13 in Macau he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Juan Toscano (3-1): the bout was one of the co-features with the Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios main event, and Zou dominated – he consistently outworked Toscano, landed the harder punches, and rocked him repeatedly; Toscano’s nose was bloodied in the 2nd round and he was cut under his left eye in the 3rd; scored 60-54, 60-54, 60-52…

On 7-27-13 in Macau he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Jesus Ortega (3-1): the bout headlined at the Venetian Resort; Ortega gave a good effort, but Zou fought aggressively, consistently outworked him, and dominated most of the fight; scored 59-55 on all three scorecards; after the fight, Zou said, "I'm pleased with the win, but my goal is to become a new champion and I know there are many new challenges I need to face. But I will work even harder towards that goal."...

He made his debut at the age of 31 on 4-6-13 in Macau and won a 4 round unanimous decision against Eleazar Valenzuela (2-1-2): the bout headlined at the Venetian Resort; Valenzuela pressed forward and gave a good effort, but Zou consistently outboxed and outworked him, dominated the fight, and won by shutout scores of 40-36 on all three scorecards…

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2012 OLYMPICS – London, England, 108 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 8-4-12 he won a 14-11 decision against Yosvany Veitia of Cuba; in the quarterfinals on 8-8-12 he won a 13-10 decision against Birzhan Zhakypov of Kazakhstan; in the semifinals on 8-10-12 he had a 15-15 draw, but won the tiebreaker against Paddy Barnes of Ireland; in the finals on 8-11-12 he won a 13-10 decision against Kaeo Pongprayoon of Thailand...

BoxingScene.com’s Sun Xiaochen reported from ringside [excerpts]:  Zou Shiming is happy to have made his country proud but is even more delighted to have fulfilled his promise to his 13-month-old son.

Zou defended his light flyweight Olympic championship by overcoming Thai Kaeo Pongprayoon in a close fight.

Zou overcame a heel injury...to retain the title he won in Beijing in 2008. He said his most powerful motivator was a promise he made to his boy.

"My boy was born just one month before the London Games' one-year countdown. He is an Olympic baby, and I told him I would fight for a gold as his first birthday gift," an emotional Zou said after beating Pongprayoon in the final at London's ExCeL.

"I realized the commitment of a father to his son, and that's the most important reward for me."

Right after stepping out of the ring, Zou rushed to his wife, who watched and chanted as he hugged his son on the tribune. He kissed his boy and flew the national flag to celebrate his victory.

Zou's second gold made him the first man to win three medals in the light flyweight division. He took bronze at the 2004 Athens Games….

"I am so excited to finally get here," he said.

"I've come a long way. And I just want to stay with my family now, especially my son. No one can separate us now."

Zou was proud but conflicted when his son gripped a boxing glove, as well as pens, toys and books, at his 100-day-old party – a Chinese tradition that's believed to hint to a child's future.

"He showed an inborn interest in boxing so young," Zou said. "If he insists on boxing when growing up, I'll respect his wishes and pass along what I know to him." [End Xiaochen item]

2011 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Baku, Azerbaijan, 108 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 9-26-11 he won a 17-9 decision against Juan Gabriel Medina of Dominican Republic; in his second fight on 10-3-11 he won a 12-2 decision against Istvan Ungvari of Hungary; in his third fight on 10-4-11 he won a 12-5 decision against Mark Anthony Barriga of the Philippines; in the quarterfinals on 10-5-11 he won a 14-8 decision against Kaeo Pongprayoon of Thailand; in the semifinals on 10-7-11 he won a 15-8 decision against David Ayrapetyan of Russia; in the finals on 10-8-11 he won a 20-11 decision against Jong-Chun Shin of Korea...

2008 OLYMPICS – Beijing, Peoples Republic of China, 105 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fighton 8-16-08 he had a 3-3 draw, but won the tiebreaker against Nordine Oubaali of France;in the quarterfinals on 8-19-08 he won a 9-4 decision against Birzhan Zhakypov of Kazakhstan;in the semifinals on 8-22-08 he won a 15-0 decision against Paddy Barnes of Ireland; in the finals on 8-24-08 he stopped Purevdorj Serdamba of Mongolia in the 2nd round...

Reuters’ Patrick Vignal reported from ringside [excerpts]: An emotional Zou Shiming thrilled China by winning their first Olympic boxing title in unexpectedly easy fashion on Sunday.

World champion Zou was leading 1-0 on the scoreboard 19 seconds into the second round of the light-flyweight final when his Mongolian opponent Serdamba Purevdorj, suffering from a recurrent shoulder injury, returned to his corner.

His coach threw in the towel, meaning Zou, who had handed China their first boxing medal with bronze at the 2004 Athens Games, was awarded victory to deafening roars from a partisan crowd.

Zou draped himself in the Chinese flag and burst into tears during the medal ceremony.

"I did not cry four years ago when I got the bronze but I told myself, ‘When you get gold, you can cry.’ I originally wanted to go out there and put on a good show for everybody but the main thing is getting this gold," he added. [End Vignal item]

2007 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Chicago, Illinois, 105 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 10-25-07 he won a 15-3 decision against Constantin Paraschiv of Romania; in his second fight on 10-28-07 he won a 30-13 decision against Birzhan Zhakypov of Kazakhstan; in his third fight on 10-31-07 he won a 23-6 decision against David Ayrapetyan of Russia; in the quarterfinals on 11-1-07 he won a 22-8 decision against Paddy Barnes of Ireland; in the semifinals on 11-2-07 he stopped Nordine Oubaali of France in the 3rd round; in the finals on 11-3-07 he won a 17-3 decision against Harry Tanamor of the Philippines...

2005 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Mianyang, China, 105 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 11-14-05 he won an 18-10 decision against Łukasz Maszczyk of Poland; in his second fight on 11-16-05 he won a 22-9 decision against Salim Salimov of Bulgaria; in the quarterfinals on 11-18-05 he won a 12-10 decision against Yan Bartelemy of Cuba; in the semifinals on 11-19-05 he won an 18-13 decision against Sherali Dostiev of Tajikistan; in the finals on 11-20-05 he won a 31-13 decision against Pal Bedak of Hungary...

2004 OLYMPICS – Athens, Greece, 105 pounds – BRONZE MEDALIST: in his first fight on 8-18-04 he won a 22-9 decision against Rau'Shee Warren of the U.S.; in his second fight on 8-21-04 he won a 31-8 decision against Endalkachew Kabede of Ethiopia; in the quarterfinals on 8-24-04 he won a 20-12 decision against Alexander Nalbandyan of Armenia; in the semifinals on 8-27-04 he lost a 29-17 decision against Yan Bartelemy of Cuba...

2003 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Bangkok, Thailand, 105 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: in his first fight on 7-9-03 he won a 22-15 decision against Yan Barthelemy of Cuba; in the quarterfinals on 7-10-03 he won a 21-9 decision against Rudolf Dydi of Slovakia; in the semifinals on 7-11-03 he won a 21-13 decision against Harry Tanamor of the Philippines; in the finals on 7-12-03 he lost a 23-19 decision against Sergey Kazakov of Russia...

 

STRENGTHS: Has good skills and movement…a hard worker in the gym – has stayed active in the ring and made good progress…had a tremendous amateur background…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 1 year, 7 months…5 fights…33 total rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 6.6 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 20 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 10 rounds – 1 (1-0)…7 rounds – 1 (1-0)…6 rounds – 2 (2-0)…