Shiming comes through ten-round test, Rigondeaux, Ramirez score KO’s

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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