Pacquiao sparring partner Zou Shiming knocked by part-time restaurant worker
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 29, 2017 10:34 AM
Zou Shiming, left, in 2016. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
Arguably the most popular boxer to come out of China has been dethroned.
Zou Shiming, a former training partner of Manny Pacquiao lost his WBO Flyweight world championship in his first attempt at a title defense after being upset by relatively unknown Japanese boxer Sho Kimura at the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China, Friday.
After dominating much of the bout that only lasted eleven out of a possible twelve rounds, the 36-year old Zou began to wear down, and that's when the younger challenger took over.
In the eleventh stanza, the 28-year old Kimura pressured Zou against the ropes and uloaded a barrage of punches that eventually sent the former Olympian crumbling to the canvass.
Kimura, a part-time restaurant worker, improves to 15-1-2 in his career with eight wins coming via stoppage. He has not lost a fight since his professional debut back in 2013.
Zou on the other hand, drops to 9-2 in his first fight without the guidance of long-time head coach Freddie Roach.