Olympic legend Zou Shiming passed his first real test in the flyweight rankings by defeating Luis De La Rosa over ten rounds at Cotai Arena in Macao.
The 33 year-old, who has two gold medals to his name, engaged in a free-willed battle with De La Rosa, but ultimately had too much in his locker for the experienced Colombian and saw out a decision victory.
Once all sessions were completed, Shiming was handed a 99-91 triumph on two cards, whilst a third called it 97-93 as the Chinese star pushed his record to 5-0 with one solitary stoppage.
Also on the bill, WBA and WBO super-bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux had no trouble taking out Sod Kokietgym, although some would say with a hint of controversy in doing so.
The Cuban connected with a headbutt early in the round which had Sod complaining to referee Mark Nelson, and as the two touched gloves to resume the fight, Rigondeaux unleashed a one-two combination that ended the fight.
In my view, Sod had already felt the power of ‘Rigo’ and knew he didn’t really stand a chance, so acting as though he was hard done by was the easy thing to do as he went down to a first round knockout.
Finally, Mexican world title prospect Gilberto Sanchez Ramirez also took just one round to finish his opponent Junior Talipeau as he improved to 29-0 with a 23rd win coming inside the distance.
Earlier, former flyweight world champion Brian Viloria stopped Jose Zuniga in five rounds, whilst Rex Tso and Ik Yang both scored stoppages on a packed Top Rank bill.
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