It feels like we've been waiting ages to hear what was going on with WBO Flyweight champion Zou Shiming (9-1, 2) [邹市明]. This past week however saw us finally get some concrete details on what was coming up next for the Chinese star.
It's now been announced that Shiming will make his first defense against Japanese challenger Sho Kimura (14-1-2, 7) [木村翔], who had been preparing to defend his WBO regional title against former world champion Kwanthai Sithmorseng (50-4-1, 26) on July 11th.
Kimura, who's biggest win to date was his 2016 majority decision win over country-man Masahiro Sakamoto, will be the first Japanese fighter to face Shiming and he will be fighting outside of Japan for the 5th time.
For Shiming the bout will be his first defense of the title, which he won last November, and sees him finally getting his career back on track after a frustrating 2017, which has seen dates fall through several times already.
Although the bout isn't a huge one it could, potentially, set the stage for a unification bout between Shiming and WBA champion Kazuto Ioka (22-1, 13) [井岡一翔] and it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see Ioka attending the fight to help build towards that potential showdown.
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