Earlier in the week, Zou Shiming’s trainer Freddie Roach sounded less than enthusiastic in his assessment of his fighter’s progress since turning professional. He’s likely to be a lot more satisfied by Zou’s third paid bout, in which the local hero came close to stopping Mexican Juan Toscano, especially in a dominant third round, before settling for a wide, unanimous decision to move to 3-0. Zou bounced on his toes, straightened up his punches, and darted in and out as he raked Toscano with right hands that opened up a nasty gash on his opponent’s cheek, much to the delight of the CotaiArena crowd.
“I’m getting better all the time,” said Zou. “I went to Manny’s camp, and worked on my lower body strength from my hips on down, so I was able to sit on my punches better. I really think I’m getting better.”