Flyweight Zou Shiming, a three-time Chinese Olympic medalist (gold in 2012 and 2008) and his country’s most popular fighter, will make his United States debut on June 11 on the undercard of the Rocky Martinez-Vasyl Lomachenko junior lightweight title fight at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told ESPN.com.
Zou (7-1, 2 KOs), who paved the way for big-time professional boxing in China, had fought all of his previous fights in Macau, with his last bout taking place in Shanghai on Jan. 30.
That was Zou’s first fight since losing a decision challenging for a world title against Thailand’s Amnat Ruenroeng and then having shoulder surgery. Now Zou is coming stateside.
Arum said the fight, against an opponent to be determined, will not be part of the HBO telecast in the U.S. but will air in China and on the international broadcast around the rest of the world. He said it is being paid for by SECA, a Chinese sports management and marketing company that is partners with Top Rank on Zou’s career. He said the company wanted Zou to fight in the United States.
Arum said a news conference is scheduled for April 28 at Madison Square Garden to formally announce the card, which will also include Puerto Rican lightweight prospect Felix Verdejo against an opponent to be named in the televised 10-round co-feature.