This morning's "Champions of Gold" card from Macau went exactly as everyone expected it would, with no upsets and no serious challenges to any of the bigger name fighters on the bill. Notably, Zou Shiming and Guillermo Rigondeaux won as expected, as did Gilberto Ramirez and Brian Viloria.
Here's a quick rundown:
- Zou Shiming improved to 5-0 (1 KO) with a fairly pedestrian 10-round decision win over Colombia's Luis De La Rosa (23-4-1, 13 KO) on scores of 99-91, 99-91, and 97-93. Shiming, 33, continues to show nothing special besides an ability to draw crowds. It's a good "skill" to have, but the game will eventually get real.
- Guillermo RIgondeaux (14-0, 9 KO) smashed overmatched Sod Kokietgym (63-3-1, 28 KO) in 1:44 to retain his super bantamweight crown and title belts (WBA, WBO, RING Magazine).
- Gilberto Ramirez (29-0, 23 KO) stopped Junior Talipeau (20-3-1, 7 KO) in 1:58, knocking the undersized Aussie down three times.
- Brian Viloria (34-4, 20 KO) won his second straight tune-up over Jose Alfredo Zuniga (11-6-1, 5 KO) via TKO-5. Maybe they're trying to time it so that they can make the least risky version of Zou-Viloria possible.
- Also winning on the undercard: Rex Tso, Ik Yang, Egor Mekhontsev, Kuok Kun Ng, and Mark Anthony Geraldo.