Known for his lightning speed and superb footwork, thanks to years of martial-arts training, many of Zou Shiming’s opponents complain that they cannot keep up with him, much less see his withering punches coming. He has stated that his heroes are Muhammad Ali and Jackie Chan.
A two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Amateur Champion, Shiming arrived at The Venetian Las Vegas on Tuesday, Feb. 5, to begin training for his professional boxing debut. He was greeted by his promoters, Bob Arum and Todd duBoef of Top Rank; his new trainers, Freddie Roach and Miguel Diaz; and John Caparella, president and COO of The Venetian and The Palazzo.
Shiming began training the following day in a custom gym located inside the resort complex. He will train at The Venetian and The Palazzo through Feb. 15, and then move to the Top Rank Gym, also located in Las Vegas, through March 23. He will then return to China for his last two weeks of training camp.
Shiming is scheduled to make his professional boxing debut on April 6 at The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel.
One of the most popular Olympic athletes in the People’s Republic of China, Shiming is the world’s greatest amateur light flyweight, capturing gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympic Games. In the 2005, 2007, and 2011 World Amateur Championships, Shiming also brought home gold medals, making him his nation’s first boxing gold medalist in the World Amateur Championships and Olympics. He also became his nation’s first Olympic medalist in boxing when he earned bronze in 2004.