Top Rank's upcoming "Ring of Gold" card in Macau on February 22nd has really began to take form.
Previously we had known a few details. We had known that the show was to feature two world title bouts as IBF Lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (33-3, 13) was to defend against Russian Denis Shafikov (33-0-1, 18) and WBA Featherweight super champion Simpiwe Vetyeka (26-2, 16) was to face Japan's Akifumi Shimoda (28-3-2, 12) in what were both very interesting looking contests.
We now know that a third title bout has been added to the card as Hong Kong's popular Rex Tso (11-0, 7) fights against Japan's Mako Matsuyama (7-7-1, 3) in what will be Tso's second defense of the WBC Asia Council Continental Super Flyweight title. As well as the WBC Asia Council Continental Super Flyweight title the fight will also decide the WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight champion.
We also knew the card would feature a trio of Olympic gold medal winners. These included local hero Zou Shiming (3-0) who returns for his 4th professional contest. Shiming is the only one of the Olympic champions to have his opponent named so far, with his opponent being Thailand's Yokthong Kokietgym (15-3, 11). Although the 19 year old Yokthong does have an impressive looking record he was stopped in his most notable bout, a 2nd round KO to Ryuji Hara. On paper it's a good bout though it's hard to see Shiming actually getting tested.
Sadly neither Ryota Murata (2-0, 2) or Egor Mekhontsev (1-0, 1) have yet to have their opponent named, though we are expecting them both to face "decent" opponents though not great ones.
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