Zou Shiming improved his chances of a world title shot when he defeated Yokthong Kokietgym in Macau on Saturday. The Chinese flyweight registered the first stoppage win of his professional career with a victory in the seventh round.
The two-time Olympic Games champion controlled the bout from early on and dropped Yokthong, from Thailand, three times before the referee stopped the bout in the penultimate round. The 32-year-old Zou meted out heavy punishment in the fifth and sixth rounds and knocked down Yokthong, 19, with a powerful shot in the seventh and then twice more.
The victory against the young but dangerous Thai improved Zou’s record to 4-0 after unconvincing performances in his first professional fights. Zou is being lined up to challenge IBF champion Amnat Ruenroeng of Thailand in Macau in November, a fight which would attract huge interest in China.
He turned professional after an amateur career in which he became China's first Olympic boxing medallist, first world amateur champion and first Olympic champion.
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