Last week we broke the news that Amnat Ruenroeng (13-0, 5) would be making the mandatory defence of his IBF Flyweight title on September 14th against McWilliams Arroyo (15-1, 13). In our short news piece we mentioned that the hope from Ruenroeng's team was to move towards a bout with Zou Shiming (5-0, 1).
Before a bout between the two could be agreed in principle two things had to happen and the first of those occurred at the weekend. That was that Zou Shiming got past the experienced Luis De La Rosa (24-3-1, 13) and, more importantly, looked comfortable. Had Shiming won but struggled with De La Rosa then a bout between Shiming and a world champion was surely going to be put on hold. Shiming however beat De La Rosa clearly and looked the best he has ever looked in the process.
The second part is that Ruenroeng now holds up his end of the bargain and defeats Arroyo when the two men meet. If he can do that without taking too much punishment then there is a strong rumour from that a bout between the two will take place in November with some suggestion it could form a part of a double, or even a triple, header alongside the much maligned Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38) fight with Chris Algieri (20-0, 8) on November 22nd.
If, as speculated, Ruenroeng does battle Shiming it would be an historic bout. Not Only would it give Shimin a chance to become China's second ever world champion but it is also likely to set viewing records with well over 1 billion people likely to turn in for the bout.
Incidentally the two men have history together with Shiming scoring a notable 5:2 win over Ruenroeng in the Amateurs at the 2010 Asian Games semi final in Guangzhou, China and Ruenroeng holding a win over Shiming from the 2007 King's Cup in Bangkok. A rematch in the pros would give both guys the chance to claim bragging rights over the other on arguably the biggest stage of all.
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