A report that hit the web a few hours ago suggested that China's Zou Shiming (5-0, 1) would not be fighting for a world title in his next fight but would instead be taking part in a world title eliminator. The report didn't give full details though did suggest that Shiming would be facing a Thai opponent with a good record. Although no reason was stated as to why Shiming would be in an eliminator we assume that it's likely due to Amnat Ruenroeng (13-0, 5) defending his belt against mandatory challenger McWilliams Arroyo (15-1, 13) on September 14th, just over 2 months before Shiming is set to return to action.
Last out Shiming defeated #10 IBF Flyweight Luis De La Rosa. That win should have got Shiming a solid and credible ranking, especially considering that he was unranked by the IBF prior to that bout. Strangely however there is no Thai ranked by the IBF in any of the "Fly" divisions, from Super Flyweight to Light Flyweight. This would make an IBF eliminator between Shiming and a Thai a bit confusing right now, though as we know the IBF do like to confuse us at times.
We would have to assume then that Shiming would be battling an experienced Thai who isn't ranked by has got "world level experience". This would suggest the opponent could be someone like Pornsawan Porpramook (28-6-1, 17), Kwanthai Sithmorseng (46-2-1, 24), Kompayak Porpramook (50-5, 35), Noknoi Sitthiprasert (49-4, 28) or even Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (24-3, 15). Of those 5 men Noknoi would likely be the one to avoid whilst Sakkreerin may be the one to target, especially given that he clearly lost to Takuma Inoue not to long ago.
We're sure more details will be released about an eliminator in coming weeks but suspect a big clue as to who Shiming will fight will be in the next IBF ranking update expected in early August.
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