Following the loss there was reports in China that Shiming was set to retire, drawing the curtain on a long and hard career that had seem him fighting at the top level, as an amateur or professional for significantly more than a decade.
Over the weekend however Shiming went to social media and made a post that suggested he was continuing his career, with the hope of reclaiming what he had lost to Kimura and that he needs to keep fighting.
Chinese sources have revealed that his wife, Teleivision star Ran Yingying, has given him her supporting in continuing to be a fighter, despite the fact she did see him essentially getting beaten up last week.
Although he's stated he's continuing wiht his career, it does seem like he will be continuing to fight wihout the backing of a major promoter, and that ties with Top Rank have been totally cut.
It's going to be interesting to see when Shiming will return, but given his popularity he's almost certainly going to draw in large audiences and he could look to re-establish himself before the year is out in a bout against a name much more famous than Kimura, know that another loss will probably be the end, but that he could go out with a huge payment, and a chance to showcase some potential Chinese stars of the future under his promotional banner.
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