Chinese boxing has had a bit of a horror year with a number of their fighters coming up short. That has included Ma Yi Ming, who lasted less than a round with Randy Petalcorin in a WBA interim Light Flyweight title bout, Ik Yang, who was beaten by Cesar Rene Cuenca in an IBF Light Welterweight title fight, and Zou Shiming, who was out pointed in an IBF Flyweight title fight by Amnat Ruenroeng.
Despite the horror year it is, thankfully, almost over and we're quickly heading towards 2016, a year of promise for Chinese boxing thanks to the likes of Rex Tso, who is expected to get a long awaited world title fight with Kohei Kono.
We've not got much news from China regarding the coming year, though we have been made aware of the comeback date for Zou Shiming (6-0, 1), who will be fighting for the first time since his loss to Amnat Ruenroeng. That date will be January 30th, not the 23rd as previously reported, and will be in Shanghai as Top Rank continue to develop the boxing scene in China. Notably this will be Shiming's first bout in Shanghai and is thought to be due to the economic downturn in Macau, where he has fought his previous 7 bouts.
At the time of writing no opponent has been named for Shiming but the 34 year old is unlikely to be matched too softly given his age. Interestingly there is some suggestion that he may not return at Flyweight, where he has fought all 7 of his previous bouts.
Shiming to return in January!
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