Chinese boxing may have had a 2015 to forget but hopes are already up for an exciting and memorable 2016 headed by the likes of Zou Shiming (7-1, 2) [邹市明] who returned to the ring earlier today and scored an 8th round stoppage win against the over-matched, but game, Natan Santana Coutinho (12-1, 10).
The two men, who were facing off in Shanghai, enjoyed some exciting moments early in the bout with the cocky Brazilian visitor taunting the crowd through out the early stages, particularly after rounds 1 and 2. Unfortunately for him however he seemed under-sized and under-skilled in the ring with the faster, more polished Zou landing most of the shots of note.
After a competitive start the bout became one sided and in round 5 it seemed clear that Zou was hunting a stoppage as he had Coutinho reeling in the corner. The Brazilian showed his gameness by surviving but never looked like he had much left in the tank following the round.
Zou then took a couple of rounds at a lower pace before eventually seeing off Coutinho in round 8 to mark a successful return to the ring after a 10 month break from the ring following his loss, last year, to Amnat Ruenroeng.
The win has seen Zou claim the WBO International Flyweight title and he will remain in the running for a possible world title fight later in the year, with Kazuto Ioka's team said to have been interested in facing the Chinese fighter next time out.
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