|Height||1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)|
18 March 1981 |
Zunyi, Guizhou, China
|Wins by KO||1|
Zou is known for being China's most successful amateur boxer of all time, winning three amateur world titles at the 2005 World Amateur Boxing Championships, 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships and 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships, and winning three consecutive Olympic medals: bronze in the 2004 Summer Olympics, gold in the 2008 Summer Olympics, and gold in the 2012 Summer Olympics, all in the light flyweight division.
Zou Shiming competed at his first amateur boxing competition at the 2004 Asian Amateur Boxing Championships and won silver, losing in the final to Noman Karim but qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, he won his first match by beating Rau'shee Warren in the round of 32. He lost to eventual champion Yan Bartelemí in the semifinals and ended up winning bronze. Zou won the 2005 World Amateur Boxing Championships by beating Pál Bedák in the final, becoming the first ever Chinese boxer to win the tournament. At the 2006 Asian Games, Zou won gold by beating Suban Pannon 21-1 in the final match. He repeated his triumph from 2005 at the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships, beating David Ayrapetyan early in the tournament and Harry Tanamor in the final. However, Zou had to settle for silver at the 2007 Asian Amateur Boxing Championships, losing the final against Pürevdorjiin Serdamba.
At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Zou won China's 50th gold medal of the tournament by winning the final of the light flyweight boxing event, winning China's first ever gold medal in Olympic boxing. During the final, Serdamba, his opponent from the final of the 2007 Asian Amateur Boxing Championships, was forced to retire due to a shoulder injury. After Serdamba was not able to continue, Zou burst into tears in compassion for his fellow boxer's injury. Zou did not compete in the 2009 World Amateur Boxing Championships, but he came back to win gold at the 2010 Asian Games. He also won his third straight gold at the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships. Zou won gold again at the 2012 Summer Olympics by beating Kaeo Pongprayoon 13-10, but several critics regarded his victory as controversial.
After the 2012 Summer Olympics, Zou decided to make the switch from amateur boxing to professional boxing.
Olympic Games results
- Defeated Eduard Bermúdez (Venezuela) 11-2
- Defeated Nordine Oubaali (France) 3-3
- Defeated Birzhan Zhakypov (Kazakhstan) 9-4
- Defeated Patrick Barnes (Ireland) 15-0
- Technical win against Pürevdorjiin Serdamba (Mongolia) 1-0
- Defeated Yosbany Veitia (Cuba) 14-11
- Defeated Birzhan Zhakypov (Kazakhstan) 13-10
- Defeated Patrick Barnes (Ireland) 15-15
- Defeated Kaeo Pongprayoon (Thailand) 13-10
World Amateur Championships results
- Defeated Yan Bhartelemy (Cuba) 22-15
- Defeated Rudolf Dydi (Slovakia) 21-9
- Defeated Harry Tanamor (Philippines) 21-13
- Lost to Sergey Kazakov (Russia) 19-23
- Defeated Łukasz Maszczyk (Poland) 18-10
- Defeated Salim Salimov (Bulgaria) 22-9
- Defeated Yan Bhartelemy (Cuba) 12-10
- Defeated Sherali Dostiev (Tajikistan) 18-13
- Defeated Pál Bedák (Hungary) 31-13
- Defeated Constantin Paraschiv (Romania) 15-3
- Defeated Birzhan Zhakypov (Kazakhstan) 30-13
- Defeated David Ayrapetyan (Russia) 23-6
- Defeated Patrick Barnes (Ireland) 22-8
- Defeated Nordine Oubaali (France) 16-1
- Defeated Harry Tanamor (Philippines) 17-3
- Defeated Juan Meddina (Dominican Republic) 17-9
- Defeated Istvan Ungvari (Hungary) 12-2
- Defeated Mark Barriga (Philippines) 12-5
- Defeated Kaew Pongprayoon (Thailand) 14-8
- Defeated David Ayrapetyan (Russia) 15-8
- Defeated Shin Jong-Hun (South Korea) 20-11
Asian Games results
- Defeated Sherali Dostiev (Tajikistan) 16-10
- Defeated Sanjay Kisan Kolte (India) RSCO 3
- Defeated Hong Moo-won (South Korea) 17-9
- Defeated Suban Pannon (Thailand) RSCO 2
- Defeated Jasurbek Latipov (Uzbekistan) 9-2
- Defeated Hatsanai Phoilevy (Laos) 13-1
- Defeated Amnat Ruenroeng (Thailand) 5-2
- Defeated Birzhan Zhakypov (Kazakhstan) 9-5
After winning gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Zou Shiming decided to turn into a professional boxer after competing as an amateur boxer his entire life. He signed a contract with boxing promotion company Top Rank on 23 January 2013 and was subsequently trained by Freddie Roach. On 6 April 2013, Zou won his professional debut by beating Eleazar Valenzuela by unanimous decision. He won his second fight by unanimous decision over Jesus Ortega on 10 August 2013. He then fought on the undercard of a matchup between Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios, beating Juan Tozcano by unanimous decision on 23 November 2013.
Zou recorded his first knockout win of his professional career on 22 February 2014, beating Yokthong Kokietgym in the seventh round. On 19 July 2014, Zou beat Luis de la Rosa by unanimous decision to win his first ever professional title, the WBO International Flyweight title.
Professional boxing record
|5 Wins (1 knockout, 4 decisions), 0 Losses, 0 Draws|
|Win||5–0||Luis de la Rosa||UD||10||2014-07-19||The Venetian Macao, Macau, SAR||Won vacant WBO International Flyweight title.|
|Win||4–0||Yokthong Kokietgym||KO||7 (8)||2014-02-22||The Venetian Macao, Macau, SAR|
|Win||3–0||Juan Tozcano||UD||6||2013-11-23||The Venetian Macao, Macau, SAR|
|Win||2–0||Jesus Ortega||UD||6||2013-07-27||The Venetian Macao, Macau, SAR|
|Win||1–0||Eleazar Valenzuela||UD||4||2013-04-06||The Venetian Macao, Macau, SAR||Professional debut.|
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