On Saturday, rising Chinese boxing sensation, Zou Shiming (4-0) took on Luis De La Rosa (23-3-1) for the vacant WBO international flyweight title. Honestly, I have been one of Shiming’s biggest critics but his work with Freddie Roach has vastly improved him as a professional. Keep in mind that his opponent (De La Rosa) is no chump, like Shiming’s first few fights. Shiming controlled the pace of the fight and arguably didn’t lose a round.
Offensively, Roach had Shiming firing on all cylinders. His jab was crisp and constant, he followed it up with some impressive combinations and used his superior footwork to turn De La Rosa and create angles. He even had De La Rosa hurt a few times, snapping his head back with a stiff straight right hand.
Defensively however, Shiming reminds me of Amir Khan, whom can be too aggressive for his own good. It seemed as if Shimming kept constantly throwing and when you are throwing you are susceptible to counter attacks. Even though Shiming ate a lot of punches, he never seemed seriously hurt, leading us to conclude that he has a decent chin. A defensive noticeable flaw is that he doesn’t tuck his chin in very much, combine that with the fact he stands up straight at times and that’s a recipe for a knocked out. So while Shiming is much better than we have seen in the past, Roach still has a little work to do. I am now optimistic for Shiming’s future and I bet we will see him get a world title shot very soon.