We here at Asian Boxing have been big fans of the way Bob Arum and Top Rank have brought several high profile fights to Macau. It appears that Arum is going to continue doing this in 2014 with one very promising show currently being spoken about.
Arum has apparently spoken about showing off three of his Olympic Gold Medal winners in Macau in early 2014.
Those three men are reported to be Zou Shiming, Ryota Murata and Egor Mekhontsev.
Shiming, a Chinese fighter who won Olympic gold in both 2008 and 2012 is seen as a man with the potential to open up the relatively untapped Chinese market. Although many fans have slated him, the potential he has to start a revolution of sorts is highly exciting and really should be given a bit more fan support.
Japanese fighter Murata, who claimed gold in 2012, is already a Japanese national superstar. Fighting at Middleweight Murata will know perfectly well that he needs the US or European audience to take note of him due to his weight though with his potential he has "superstar" written all over him.
Of the three however it's probably Mekhontsev that has the most direct appeal to fans. The Russian, who also claimed a gold in 2012, will be making his debut in December though the expectation is that he'll be fast-tracked somewhat. If Mekhonstev can help join the Russian fighters who are emerging on mass right now then the country could become a major player in the next 2 years or so.
As well as the Olympic champions there is also talk about the card featuring several top Filipino's. The names we've heard floated about include Genesis Servania and Arthur Villanueva.
A possible main event for the show could see Russian Denis Shafikov taking on Miguel Vazquez in a challenge of the IBF Lightweight title.
Of course there is a lot to happen between now and then. Notably contests for each of the Olympians with Shiming fighting Juan Tozcano on November 23rd, Murata fighting Dave Peterson on December 6th and Mekhontsev fighting a yet to be named opponent on December 7th.
Along side the scheduled fights for the Olympic champions there is also a fight for Shafikov, who fights Bayan Jargal on December 14th.
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