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Unheralded challenger stuns Zou Shiming to win world flyweight title

Japan’s unheralded Sho Kimura stunned Chinese star Zou Shiming with an 11th-round knockout that saw the part-time restaurant worker snatch the WBO world flyweight title in Shanghai on Friday.

Zou burst into tears afterward and, at 36, the shock defeat could spell the end of a brilliant career, which also included two Olympic gold medals and three amateur world titles before he turned pro.

Zou Shiming.
Zou, making his first defense of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) crown he won last year in Las Vegas, appeared well on his way to victory, using his experience to repeatedly make Kimura miss while peppering the challenger with counter-punches.

It looked grim for Kimura by the sixth round when Zou's slashing left hook tore a gash next to the Japanese fighter’s right eye, forcing a temporary stoppage as the ring doctor examined the bloody cut.

Cheered on by an ecstatic home crowd, Zou continued to batter Kimura, 28, who works part-time delivering beer for a restaurant and was quoted this week devoting the fight to his late mother.

At times it seemed the main threat to Zou was the canvas itself, as he went down three times in the same wet corner, with each ruled a slip.

Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/07/28/17/boxing-unheralded-challenger-stuns-zou-shiming-to-win-world-flyweight-title

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