If, as many have suggested, Chinese boxing depended on Zou Shiming (8-1, 2) [邹市明] reaching the top of the sport, then Chinese boxing would be in a genuine mess following the 2-time Olympic champion's failure to shine on his US debut last night.
The talented, yet frustrating and feather fisted, Chinese fighter was supposed to to look good against Hungarian teenager Jozsef Ajtai (15-3, 10), who had been stopped in 2 rounds by Andrew Selby last November. Instead Shiming was made to look pedestrian, lacking in kill instinct and like a man who is happy to take a decision win rather than stamp his authority on bouts.
Shiming was in control from the opening round, Ajtai looked frightened and like a man wanting to do less fighting and more running. It wasn't a positive performance from the Hungarian, but Shiming's lack of power, and desire to make an example of the Hungarian, allowed the Ajtai to take a few shots before escaping for a few moments.
Ajtai made it clear that he hadn't come to win. He was fighting like a man looking to survive, rather than really push the Chinese star. However Shiming's inability to take him out, especially in front of a crowd that had become very restless, will not look good for Shiming's future. It's hard to imagine Ajtai surviving against young guns like Daigo Higa or Iwan Zoda, who would have shone in Shiming's position.
Despite the less than inspiring performance Shiming did score a shut out, winning with scores of 100-89 on all 3 cards, to defend the WBO International Flyweight title that he won back in January.
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