HBO2 TO AIR RAMIREZ-TALIPEAU, BUT PASSES ON RIGONDEAUX WORLD TITLE DEFENSE
Edited Press Release: Two-time Chinese Olympic gold medallist Zou Shiming and undefeated super middleweight Gilberto Ramirez will headline boxing’s return to The Venetian Macao in China. The doubleheader will take place Saturday, July 19th, and will be televised via same-day delay on HBO2, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Zou (4-0) is just 15 months removed from his professional debut. He will be fighting in his first ten-round bout against Luis De La Rosa (23-3-1). For Zou, who has had only four professional bouts, De La Rosa could prove to be a litmus test on whether he can challenge for a world championship belt later this year.
The telecast will open with Ramirez facing Junior Talipeau, who returns to the ring following a career-best victory.
On the same card will be world junior featherweight champion Guilermo Rigondeaux defending his titles against Thai tongue-twister Sod Looknongyangtoy (a.k.a. Sod Kokietgym). However, HBO has decided not to air that bout, so viewers who want to watch Rigondeaux will instead tune into the Solo Boxeo series on UniMás, who will air the Rigondeaux fight beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Zou (4-0, 1 KO), from Guizhou, China, is one of China's most revered athletes and has single handily revived professional boxing's popularity in his native country. Trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach, Zou won his professional debut, on April 6, 2013, via four-round unanimous decision over gritty Eleazar Valenzuela. He followed that up with six-round unanimous decision victories last year over Jesus Ortega and Juan Toscano on July 27th and November 24th, respectively, and celebrated his 2014 debut with his first professional knockout February 22nd, stopping Yokthong Kokietgym in the seventh round. All of his professional bouts have taken place at the Cotai Arena.
An Olympic legend, Zou was the world's greatest amateur light flyweight, capturing gold medals in the World Amateur Championships in 2005, 2007 and 2011, along with gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympic Games. He also owns an Olympic bronze medal from the 2004 games, making him his nation's first Olympic medallist in boxing as well as its first boxing gold medallist in the World Amateur Championships and the Olympics.
De La Rosa (23-3-1, 13 KOs), of Barranquilla, Colombia, brings two-fisted punching power and an aggressive fighting style into the ring. A former Colombian champion, four of De La Rosa's last six victories have come by way of knockout, including his last fight, a second-round knockout of Deivis Marvaez.
Ramirez (28-0, 22 KOs), of Mazatlan, Mexico, has won both his 2014 bouts by knockout. In his last outing, on April 11th, he got a fifth-round knockout of Giovanni Lorenzo.
Talipeau (20-2-1, 7 KOs), a New Zealand native who fights out of Kogarah, New South Wales, Australia, was a former Australian middleweight champion who successfully defended the title five times during his two-year reign before moving up to the super middleweight division.
Boasting a victory over [a blown-up] Shannan Taylor, Talipeau enters this fight having won two of his last three fights by way of knockout. His most recent victory was a 12-round unanimous decision over Walter Crucce.