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Boxing: Chinese star Zou Shiming nearing professional title shot, says promoter

Published on Feb 21, 2014 5:08 PM

HONG KONG (AFP) - Trailblazing Chinese boxer Zou Shiming is being fast-tracked towards a world title fight in November, less than two years after turning professional, a report said on Friday.

The two-time Olympic champion will draw closer to a title shot if he wins Saturday's flyweight bout against Thailand's Yokthong Kokietgym in Macau, the South China Morning Post said.

Promoter Bob Arum said Zou, 32, was being lined up to fight International Boxing Federation (IBF) world champion Amnat Ruenroeng of Thailand "if everything goes to plan".

"We are not going to rush him towards a world title fight and then see he's not ready," he added. "When we see him fight on Saturday, we will have a better idea.

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