Zou Shiming To Return To Action
Former 2 time Olympic Gold Medal winner Zou Shiming (1-0) looks to return to the ring in July as he fights on the under-card of Juan Francisco Estrada v Milan Melindo.
Like Shiming's debut this bout will be fought at the Venetian Casino & Resort in Macau. Shiming's opponent is yet to be named however.
We had, previously reported that Donnie Nietes v Moises Fuentes II was also scheduled for this card, that bout however seems to have been delayed. Instead the card is expected feature Evgeny Gradovich (16-0, 8) making the first defense of his IBF Featherweight title as he takes on Mauricio Javier Munoz (26-3, 12).
Gradovich, of Russia upset Billy Dib earlier this year for the title and whilst Munoz isn't one of the bigger names in the Featherweight division Japanese fans may recall him for having fought Toshiaki Nishioka back in 2011.
The same card is now expected to feature the excellent Genesis Servania (19-0, 7) who is seen as one of the very best young Filipino's in the sport today.
Japanese Super Flyweight champion Daiki Kaneko (18-2-3, 11) will make the 4th defense of his belt on August 3rd as he faces Mitsuya Omura (16-7-1, 12) at the Korakuen Hall.
This will be Omura's second attempt at a Japanese national title having previously lost in an attempt at the Japanese Lightweight title to the excellent Nihito Arakawa.
Talking about Nihito Arakawa (23-2-1, 15) the Japanese former Lightweight champion returns to the ring for his first bout this year as he takes on Thai Pakphum Tor Pornchai (0-1) in May. Arakawa has been out of the ring since a technical decision loss to David Estrada in Mexico and the 31 year old is perhaps looking at earning 1 more major fight before his career is over.
Following his recent victory this past week, Japanese Heavyweight Kyotaro Fujimoto (6-1, 4) will now faced Ugandan born Japanese based fighter Okello Peter (21-6, 19) for the Japanese Heavyweight title.
Due to the lack of Heavyweights in Japan the title in question has only ever been fought for once and that was way back in 1957 when rivals Noburu Kataoka and Yutaka Nakagoshi faced off for the 4th time inside a year. The title back then went to Kataoka who retired with the title and a 4-2 (2) record including a 3-1 (2) against Nakagohi.
Interestingly for Nakagoshi his record of 1-3 saw all 4 of his fights taking place against Kataoka.
For the 40 year old Peter, a former world title challenger, having faced Oleg Maskaev for the WBC Heavyweight title, this is a chance to claim just his second title having previously held the OPBF title (2001-2006). For Kyotaro however it's a chance to claim his first boxing title after losing in a OPBF Heavyweight title bout to Solomon Haumono in December 2012. As a former kick boxer in the K1 organisation however Kyotaro has held a world title.
Macau set it's foot on to the boxing map in a big way just a few weeks ago as they hosted a really high profile card featuring not only the debut of Zou Shimng (1-0) but also 2 world title bouts. It appears now that the winner of one of those world title bouts will return to action in Macau against one of the fighters who look sensation on the under-card.
In the only currently scheduled bout for a card set in Macau for July 27th we will see Super Flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada (23-2, 18) taking on unbeaten Filipino challenger Milan Melindo (29-0, 12) in what promises to be an amazing bout.
Mexican Estrada really made his name last year in a fight of the year contender with former Teiken fighter Roman Gonzalez. Although Estrada came up short against Gonzalez he put up an excellent fight and was rewarded with a bout against the highly talented Brian Viloria in Macau back on April 6th. Estrada would then upset Viloria by decision for the WBA "super" and WBO Flyweight titles.
Melindo also fought on the April card in Macau where he dismantled Indonesian Tommy Seran in 4 rounds, dropping Seran several times on route to the victory. In all honesty Melindo has looked ready for a world title fight for a few years now and his poor performance against Jean Piero Perez (a majority deicison) aside he has looked fantastic.
This really should be a great bout and hopefully Top Rank put on a solid under-card giving exposure to several prospects from around the area. It'd be great if the Penalosa brothers were on the card (as they were on the last Macau card).
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