MACAO (May 14, 2013) – Chapter two of the Zou Shiming era will begin when the two-time Olympic gold medallist and three-time Amateur
World Champion returns to the ring and headlines an exciting card featuring two
world championship fights – WBO/WBA flyweight champion Juan Estrada vs. Milan Melindo and IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich vs. Mauricio Muñoz –
Saturday, July 27, at The
Venetian® Macao’s CotaiArena™. Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China
Ltd., in association with Tecate, ZOU SHIMING: Fists of Gold II ticket details will be announced
soon; Fists of Gold II ticket holders will be able to purchase advance tickets for November’s Pacquiao vs. Rios event during an exclusive period prior to general public
sales. Details are to be announced at a later date.
The fantastic night of entertainment is Sands China’s latest world-class
sporting event, part of its multi-tiered entertainment strategy aimed
at diversifying Macao’s tourism economy through the varied offerings of
its Cotai Strip Resorts, contributing to the city’s development into one of
Asia’s top entertainment hubs and a world centre of tourism and
Sands China held the highly-successful greater China debut of Ultimate Fighting
Championship last November, and has hosted and sponsored numerous sporting
events with some of the world’s most well-known athletes – from basketball
greats Kobe Bryant and Yao Ming to tennis legends Pete Sampras and Roger
Federer, and golf sensations like Rory McElroy and Lee Westwood. Zou Shiming’s
recent April 6 professional debut had all the right ingredients and became
another high-octane crowd pleaser, selling out tickets in advance. It was
televised internationally to more than 30 countries, including to the U.S. via
HBO 2 and in China on CCTV5.
"The exciting matches taking place at The Venetian Macao’s CotaiArena on
July 27 highlight the fact that boxing is a major global sport," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
“Deciding to host Zou Shiming’s professional debut in April was a great move – for Sands China and for Macao,” said Edward Tracy, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Sands China Ltd. “We hosted a very successful event, and we
remain committed to bringing the world’s best entertainment to Macao, helping to
increase the diversity of attractions available. We’re extremely pleased to
welcome Shiming back a second time in July for Fists of Gold II.”
"I was very pleased with how quickly Shiming learned what I was teaching
during our first training camp and he is the hardest worker in the gym," said
Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach. "This time our main focus will be on getting him to punch harder. Shiming will need to learn how to sit
down on his punches to maximize their power. I cannot wait to start working with him
Zou (1-0), from Guizhou, won his professional debut April 6, via a
dominant four-round unanimous decision over gritty Eleazar Valenzuela of Mexico.
One of the most popular Olympic athletes in China, Zou was the world's greatest
light flyweight, capturing gold medals in the World Amateur Championships in
2005, 2007 and 2011, along with gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympic
Games. He also owns an Olympic bronze medal from the 2004 games, making him his
nation's first Olympic medallist in boxing as well as its first boxing gold
medallist in the World Amateur Championships and the Olympics. He signed with
Arum’s Top Rank at a press conference in Beijing in
Zou, who now campaigns as a flyweight, 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 is entering this fight on a roll, having won his last two fights – his most recent a third-round knockout victory against Arcadio Sanchez on April 19.
"Jesus and I are from Sonora, México,” said Alfredo
Lopez, Ortega's trainer. “This is the state in Mexico that has produced champions. The great Julio César Chávez was born here and became champion. Orlando Salido –
champion; Tyson Marquez – champion; and current WBO world champion Juan Estrada, with whom we currently train. We know Zou well and have seen him fight. He was a very decorated
amateur fighter. But Jesus is no amateur. Jesus spars with the best flyweights
in the world, including Juan Estrada and Tyson Marquez. On July 27, Zou Shiming
will become another stepping stone on the path to where we are going with Jesus,
and that is to become Sonora's next world champion. Viva México! Viva
In addition to Zou's return, the event line-up includes an undercard
highlighted by two 12-round world
championship fights. WBO/WBA flyweight champion Juan Estrada (22-2, 17 KOs), of
Hermosillo, México, will be making the first defense
of the titles he won from Brian Viloria on April 6 at the CotaiArena. Estrada
will be facing 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. Undefeated IBF
featherweight champion Evgeny
Gradovich (16-0, 8 KOs), a native of Russia, now fighting from Oxnard,
California, will be making 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 on
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. (18-0, 12 KOs), of
Mexicali, Mexico, and Joe Hanks (21-0, 14 KOs), of Los Angeles.
The undercard will also feature Genesis Servania (19-0, 6 KOs), of Cebu
City, Philippines, in an eight-round super bantamweight bout against Konosuke Tomiyama (23-5-1, 8 KOs), of
Tokyo, Japan; Paul Fleming (17-0, 12
KOs), of Sydney, Australia, in an eight-round super featherweight bout against Mike Tawatchai (26-1-1, 17 KOs), of
Bangkok, Thailand; and Dodie Boy
Peñalosa (10-0, 8 KOs) and Dave
Peñalosa (5-0, 3 KOs), both from Cebu City, Philippines, in separate
six-round featherweight and four-round super bantamweight bouts, respectively.
Their opponents will be announced at a later date. Fleming and the Peñalosas
were all knockout victors on the April 6 card.
ZOU SHIMING: Fists of Gold II kicks off at 6 p.m. on July 27 at the CotaiArena. Once details are announced, ticket sales will be available at all
CotaiTicketing box offices* and can be booked online at www.CotaiTicketing.com, or by phone at +853 2882 8818 (Macao) / +852 6333 6660 (HK) / 4001
206 618 (mainland China). Tickets will also be available at Tom Lee Outlets, K11
Select and through Hong Kong Ticketing (customer service fee applies) at www.HKTicketing.com, or by phone at +852 3128 8288.
For more information about the event, visit www.CotaiTicketing.com.
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With an unbeatable diversity, the entertainment offering of Sands
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