clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Zou Shiming to make U.S. debut on Lomachenko-Martinez card

Zou Shiming is coming to the United States on June 11, though his fight won't air on HBO.

Jonathan Moore/Getty Images

Chinese flyweight Zou Shiming, a two-time Olympic gold medalist who has made major money and become a reportedly massive star fighting in Macau and once in Shanghai, will make his U.S. debut on the June 11 Top Rank card in New York, which will be televised by HBO and headlined by Vasyl Lomachenko moving up to 130 pounds and seeking a second world title against Rocky Martinez.

Lomachenko, himself a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was a truly dominant amateur, whereas there were some question marks about Zou's second medal in 2012. He was never the sort of pro prospect that Lomachenko was, and their pro careers have reflected that. Lomachenko did lose in his second fight against Orlando Salido, but he has otherwise been excellent, and won a world title at 126 pounds. Zou, on the other hand, has gone 7-1 (2 KO), but shown a distinct lack of punching power and at 34, is certainly as good as he's ever going to get.

Zou lost his first world title opportunity last year, dropping a decision against IBF flyweight titleholder Amnat Ruenroeng in Macau on March 7, 2015. He doesn't have an opponent yet for the June 11 card, which will be held at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, and his fight will not be televised by HBO.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Bad Left Hook Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your global boxing news from Bad Left Hook