Last week we reported that a deal was in place for Zou Shiming (6-0, 1) to fight IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (14-0, 5) on February 14th it Shiming could over-come Kwanpichit OnesongchaGym. Sadly it seems that that fight will have to be pushed back despite the fact that Shiming did over-come Kwanpichit with relative ease.
The Chinese fighter, who dropped Kwanpichit several times during their fight, wasn't really tested in his last bout though did suffer a very badly swollen left eye which will unfortunately keep him out of action for longer than he'd have hoped. The injury will take time to heal before Shiming can even begin sparring again never mind fight and with February 14th being less than 3 months away it would be very unrealistic to expect Shiming to be ready by then.
Sadly that's also bad news for WBO Light Flyweight champion Donnie Nietes (34-1-4, 20) who was also penciled in to defend his title on this show.
At the moment no replacement date has been set and it likely won't until Shiming is ready to resume training. Given the bad swelling around his eye that could be weeks away.
Although the injury is a very nasty looking one it does seem that it could serve a positive and teach Shiming the necessity to finish off an opponent when he has them hurt. Kwanpichit looked like he had gone in round 2 after being dropped twice. Shiming then failed to capitalise at the start of round 3 and as a result ended up fighting 12 rounds and suffering the nasty looking swollen eye.
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