BodyKore was invited to attend the Zou Shiming and Evgeny Gradovich open work held at the world famous Wild Card Boxing Gym courtesy of our friends at FightHubTV. Shiming's trainer - Freddie Roach was on hand for the open work outs along with Hall of Fame Broadcaster - Larry Merchant as well as Hall of Game Promoter, Bob Arum. Zou Shiming (1-0) is a Two time Gold Olympian from the People's Republic of China and is looking to defend his title on 7/27/13 against Mexico's Jesus Ortega (3-1, 2 KOs) at the Venetian in Macau.
This bout is looking to be a war for the scheduled 6 round bout! Also on the card and in attendance at the open work out was undefeated IBF Featherweight Champion Evgeny Gradovich (16-0) He will be up against Mauricio Munoz. This fight card is stacked and will be broadcasted on HBO on 7/27/13. For more information on the fight card check out out friends at Top Rank here.
Campaigning as a flyweight, Zou will be graduating to a six-round bout when he faces Jesus Ortega (3-1, 2 KOs) from Hermosillo, México. A stablemate of world flyweight champion Juan Estrada, the hard-hitting Ortega is an exciting prospect who enters this fight on a roll, having won his last two fights – his most recent a third-round knockout victory against Arcadio Sanchez onApril 19.
In addition to Zou's return, the telecast will include two 12-round world championship fights. WBO/WBA flyweight championJuan Estrada (23-2, 17 KOs), of Hermosillo, México, will make the first defense of the titles he won from Brian Viloria, April 6, atFists of Gold. Estrada faces the undefeated Milan Melindo (28-0, 11 KOs), of Manadue, Philippines. Melindo, the number one contender and mandatory challenger, earned his shot at the title by knocking out once-beaten Tommy Seran in the fourth round on the April 6 card in Macao. Undefeated IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich (16-0, 8 KOs), a native of Russia, now fighting from Oxnard, Calif., makes his first title defense against No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger Mauricio Muñoz (26-3, 12 KOs), of San Juan, Argentina. Gradovich captured the world title March 1 when he dethroned defending champion Billy Dib via a split decision. Muñoz earned his title shot by defeating previously unbeaten contender Luis Franco in his last fight, October 13, 2012. The international telecast will open with a 10-round heavyweight rumble between undefeated contenders Andy Ruiz, Jr.(19-0, 13 KOs), of Mexicali, México, and Joe Hanks (21-0, 14 KOs), of Los Angeles.
One of the most popular Olympic athletes in the People's Republic of China, Shiming was the world's greatest amateur light flyweight, capturing gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympic Games. In the 2005, 2007, and 2011 World Amateur Championships, Shiming also brought home gold medals, making him his nation’s first boxing gold medalist in the World Amateur Championships and Olympics. He became his nation’s first Olympic medalist in boxing when he earned bronze in 2004.
Known for his extraordinary speed and superb footwork, thanks to years of martial-arts training, many of Shiming's opponents complain that they cannot keep up with him, much less see his punches coming. He has stated that his heroes are Muhammad Ali and Jackie Chan.
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