Chinese star Zou romps in US debut on Garden card

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 12, 2016 10:13 AM
Chinese star Zou romps in US debut on Garden card
Zou Shiming, left, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Amateur Champion from China, and Hungarian fighter Jozsef Ajtai, right, pose after their weigh-in, Friday June 10, 2016, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Shiming and Ajtai will fight for the WBO International Flyweight Championship in a 10-round undercard fight, Saturday, June 11 at Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer


NEW YORK (AP) — Chinese star Zou Shiming had no trouble with his teenage opponent, outclassing Jozsef Atjai of Hungary on Saturday night to set up some bigger flyweight fights.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time world champion was in such control through the 10 rounds that he was smirking and sticking out his chin at his opponent in the later stages. One of China's most popular athletes — an audience of perhaps 20 million was expected to watch the fight on TV there — the 35-year-old Zou was making his U.S. debut.

He beat Atjai 100-89 on all three cards to improve his record to 8-1 as a pro. That includes a loss in his only world title attempt, to Annat Ruenroeng for the IBF flyweight crown in March 2015.

Atjai (15-3) didn't look like a man in his fourth fight this year. He had plenty of energy, but applied it to running, not boxing.

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