What (Zou & I) have to do is get back in the damn gym and work harder. – Freddie Roach
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What was billed as the “Showdown at the Sands” quickly became a pedestrian boxing lesson with Amnat Ruenroeng retaining his IBF flyweight title via a unanimous decision (116-111 all) over previously undefeated Zou Shiming.
Fighting for a title in just his 7th pro fight, Shiming and his promotional backer Top Rank were confident due to Shiming’s size advantage and the fact he held several amateur wins over the champion. Their professional battle was fought on different terms with Ruenroeng using movement and hard counters to nullify Shiming’s wild punches and tendency to lung in with shots.
Although Ruenroeng suffered a questionable flash knockdown in the second, he remained composed and outboxed Shiming for long stretches. Shiming’s moments were only when Ruenroeng appeared to take rounds off, most notably in the seventh and ninth stanzas. A more decisive points win for Ruenroeng could have been possible if referee Mark Nelson had ruled a knockdown on Shiming in the eleventh when the challenger was floored with a check left hook.
Amnat Ruenroeng improves to 15-0 (5 KOs) and continues to raise his profile following a 2014 that saw him viewed as a Fighter of the Year candidate with wins over Kazuto Ioka and Rocky Fuentes. Zou Shiming falls to 6-1 (1 KO).
Per Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, July 18 is the target date for Shiming’s comeback bout.
GLEN TAPIA TKO3 DANIEL DAWSON: Glen Tapia posted his third straight knockout victory in stopping veteran Daniel Dawson. At 37 years old,Dawson is at the end of his career but got a bit of a boost by flooring Austin Trout twice last year in a losing effort. This demolition should cement Dawson as nothing more than a stay busy fight for most Top 20 super welterweights.