Zou Shiming to return in January
After an unsuccessful attempt at winning a world title last year, Chinese flyweight Zou Shiming will fight Natan Santana Coutinho on Jan. 30, Top Rank matchmaker recently told RingTV. The 12-round bout will take place at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai.
Zou (6-1, 1 KO) last fought on Mar. 7 in Macau, losing a 12-round unanimous decision to IBF flyweight world titleholder Amnat Ruenrong.
A two-time Olympic gold medalist trained by Freddie Roach, Zou will fight for the first time in mainland China, where he is extremely popular, after fighting all seven of his pro bouts in Macau.
Coutinho (12-0, 10 KOs), who hails from Sao Paolo, Brazil, has only fought once in 2015. The 21-year-old has knocked out his last seven opponents but all of them were there to be beaten.
Japanese middleweight Ryota Murata (8-0, 5 KOs), who also won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, will appear on the card as well.
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