Friday January 25, 2013
China’s two-time Olympic champ Shiming turns pro
LOS ANGELES: Two-time Olympic champion and three-time world amateur champion Zou Shiming is becoming a professional boxer, with US promoter Bob Arum announcing on Wednesday that he has signed the Chinese star.
“Shiming is an incredible talent who is loved in China,” Arum said.
“We will make every effort to make certain that he has a spectacular career as a professional.”
The 31-year-old fighter won Olympic light flyweight gold at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics after taking a bronze in Athens in 2004. He won world amateur crowns in 2005, 2007 and 2011.
Shiming became China’s first Olympic boxing medallist, first world amateur boxing champion and first Olympic boxing champion. Now he could step into the pro ranks and produce a landmark crown for China as well.
Shiming, whose boxing hero is Muhammad Ali and martial arts idol is Jackie Chan, is set to make his pro debut April 6 on the Asian gambling resort hub on Macau. — AFP