Zou Shiming-Alberto Rossel in Play For WBA Belt

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

China’s undefeated two-time Olympic gold medal winner Zou Shiming, who has a professional record of 4-0 with 1 knockout is being lined up for a shot at the vacant WBA light flyweight title against No. 1 contender  Alberto Rossel of Peru.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum disclosed that “if Zou wins his scheduled ten round fight on July 19 in Macau, which will also feature (former WBO/WBA flyweight champion Brian Viloria), we are planning for him (Zou Shiming) to fight for the world title” on the November 16 card which is likely to be headlined by “Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao.

It would be a sensational rise for China’s popular two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Amateur Champion.

Zou was the first Chinese Olympic medalist when he won a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens which he followed up by winning the light flyweight gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics but although he repeated the feat in London in 2012 beating Thailand’s Kaeo Pongprayoon 13-10, the decision was booed by the fans. Standard has learned that the WBA is almost certain to approve the title fight should Zou win his bout on July 19 in Macau with the understanding that the winner between Zou Shiming and Rossel for the vacant title will face the Philippines WBA No. 2 ranked southpaw Randy “Razor” Petalcorin, who is co-managed by  multi-titled Australian promoter Peter Maniatis and GenSan’s Jim Claude Manangquil.

The 33-year-old, undefeated Zou has a record of 4 wins with 1 knockout and is coming off a 7th round TKO of Thailand’s 19-year-old Yokthong Kokietgym (15-3, 11 KO’s) last February 22 in Macau.

The 36-year-old Rossel has a record of 32-8 with 13 knockouts and has won eight straight fights after losing to WBA super flyweight champion Hugo Cazares on April 14, 2012.

Rossel has successfully defended the interim-WBA light flyweight title four times and in his last fight scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Gabriel Mendoza in Lima, Peru on March 8.

Petalcorin is 22 years old and has a record of 21-1- 1 with 16 knockouts and is the reigning PanAsia Boxing Association champion. He won his last title defense in a rematch  against Thai veteran Samransak Singmanasak by a 3rd round TKO at the Malvern Town Hall in Melbourne, Australia on November 8, 2013 and in a non-title ten round rematch won by a 2nd round knockout  on March 28 this year.

Shiming has clearly improved with every fight under celebrated trained Freddie Roach, who earlier predicted he would be a world champion before the end of the year.

Tags: Zou Shiming image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by HeroBando on 05-22-2014

I dont get it. Ive never seen all this crying when Rossel made those defenses vs totally undeserving bums noone has heard of

Comment by SaldanaCC on 05-22-2014

This guy an his bs of a pro career is whats wrong with boxing he has fought 4 kids yes KIDS 18 19 yrs old an now he gets a shots for a belt against another bum .......why cant he…

Comment by Corelone on 05-22-2014

[QUOTE=-Johannes-;14575863]Oh Im sorry I was wrong. The WBA ranks people by gate numbers thanks for the clarification.[/QUOTE] I'm not defending this stuff, I'm as disgusted as you are. Sarcasm, laughing to keep from crying, that's all.

Comment by Grimgash on 05-21-2014

100% pathetic.

Comment by Pigeons on 05-21-2014

He deserves it.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (41)
Top Headlines Lucas Browne Finds Himself in Limbo After Klitschko's Injury Andre Ward Aims To Set The Record Straight With Sergey Kovalev Video: Joe Smith Jr. Very Pumped To Face Bernard Hopkins Haye Explains Why Anthony Joshua-Eric Molina is Next - Not Price Marrero vs. Zambrano Talks Progress As Purse Bid Looms Klitschko's Manager Says Unfinished Contract Led To 2017 Jump Video: Oscar De La Hoya on Schaefer's Return, Hopkins, More Photos: Bernard Hopkins, Joe Smith Jr. - Face To Face at Presser Anthony Mundine, Danny Green Rematch Set For February 3 Video: Bernard Hopkins, Joe Smith - Go Face To Face Video: Bernard Hopkins Breaks Down Joe Smith Showdown Arum on Parker vs. Ruiz Possibly Heading To The United States Joshua-Klitschko Eyed For March, April at Principality Stadium Vanes Martirosyan: I’m Not Happy With Al Haymon, My Promoter Josh Hernandez Inks Promotional With Warriors Boxing Hearn Looks Ahead For Joshua, Hoping For Klitschko in 2017 Manny Pacquiao Noncommittal on Fighting Beyond November 5 Monaghan vs. Boesel, Abraham vs. Krasniqi WBO Eliminators Wladimir Klitschko Out Of December 10 Fight With Injury Andre Ward: My Skills Never Left, I'm Feeling Better Than Ever LaRon Mitchell Drops, Decisions Scott Alexander in Ontario Photos: Marco Huck, Dmytro Kucher Size Up at Hannover Presser Anthony Ogogo Suffered Broken Eye Socket in Cunningham Loss Kovalev Hopes To Become The P4P Best With Win Over Ward Donaire Spars Twelve Hard Rounds With Chocolatito's Cousin Joseph Parker's Coach: I Really Like Andy Ruiz's Style For Us Trainer: Smith's Pressure, Power Will Take Care of Bernard Hopkins Lemieux Targets Canelo Showdown - Catch-Weight is Ruled Out Daily Bread Mailbag: Golovkin-Jacobs, Kovalev-Ward, Aaron Pryor Long-Reigning Lefties - Pacquiao, Hagler, Martinez, Winky, More Browne Shreds Whyte: You're Euro Level, an Ugly Motherf***er Boxer Tries To Leave The Ring Mid-Count After Being Dropped Roach: Pacquiao Has Been Hurting Me, Expect a Different Manny! Former World Champion Seriously Injured, Attacked With a Sword "Fighting Words" - Breaking Down 2016's Fighter of the Year Race Golovkin's Coach: GGG Beats Kovalev, Ward and Stevenson David Lemieux: I'm Not 100% Satisfied With The Rios Win Klitschko Confirms Title Fight, Won't Confirm The Opponent Sergey Lipinets To Face Lenny Z on Charlo vs. Williams PBC Card Photos: David Lemieux Powers Past Cristian Fabian Rios

Latest Active Forum Threads