By Dennis Principe
Fightnews caught up with famed trainer Freddie Roach in Macau and discussed the upcoming fight of his prized ward from China, two-time Olympic gold winner Zou Shiming. Roach said it is imperative for Shiming to come up with a masterful performance as the hall-of-fame trainer felt the Chinese sensation had an unimposing debut last April in Macau. The Roach-Zou tandem is once again back in Macau to headline “Fists of Gold II” at the Cotai Arena of the posh Venetian Hotel in Macau.
For Shiming’s debut, the Chinese boxer scored a four-round decision shutout against a raw Eleazar Valenzuela of Mexico last April 6. The 32-year-old Shiming will face another Mexican Jesus Ortega (3-1, 2 KO’s) in a six-round main eventer.
Serving as the chief supporting bout is the world title attempt of undefeated Filipino prospect Milan Melindo versus World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico in a 12-round championship match.
Roach also revealed he will be arriving in the Philippines immediately after the October outing of his latest ward Miguel Angel Cotto of Puerto Rico.
According to Roach, he already told his prized pupil Manny Pacquiao of the development and that the Filipino boxing sensation has agreed to allow the American trainer to delay his Philippine arrival.
Initially, Roach was set to arrive in the country mid-September. Cotto meanwhile will face former world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez on October 5 in Florida.
Roach said Pacquiao will set up his training camp South of the Philippines in General Santos City for his battle opposite Mexican-American Brandon Rios on November 24 also at the Cotai Arena in Macau.
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