Zou Shiming shows big improvement in Coutinho KO

Two-time Olympic gold medallist and Chinese boxing icon, Zou “Fists of Gold” Shiming (7-1, 2 KO’s) just came from a scintillating 8th round technical knockout victory over previously unbeaten Natan Santana Coutinho (12-1, 10 KO’s) in Shanghai, China last week. 

The Chinese boxing standout looked absolutely amazing with his performance and at least 1 trainer thinks he’s about to take on a new leaf.

Strength and conditioning coach and boxing trainer Justin Fortune was interviewed recently about his thoughts on the Shiming win, as well as what he thinks of Pacquiao fighting Bradley.

“[Zou] Shiming has improved so much. When I first saw Shiming, he was just basically an amateur. When I first looked at him I said, ‘Wow. Freddie [Roach] has his work cut out for him’,” said Fortune in an interview with Youtube personality Radio Rahim.

“He has done a whole 180-degree turn. He’s a complete fighter now so training was great.”

The 34-year old Shiming challenged for the IBF world flyweight title in early 2015 but lost via unanimous decision. He spent some time away from the ring to regain his bearings and returned nearly a year later to a solid performance.

Fortune had nothing but praises for Shiming.

“He was good. He executed the gameplan well and he trains hard. He was a 2-time gold medallist and a bronze medallist in 3 Olympics, he knows how to train. He listened and he did well,” said Fortune.

It was only Shiming’s 2nd knockout victory over 7 wins as a professional, but it’s a sign that he’s going in the right direction. There is no doubt Shiming is one of the most talented fighters at flyweight, and with his pedigree as well as his skillset, the sky’s the limit for the youngster moving forward. — By Carlos Miguel Cinco

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