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Ring of Gold: Shiming vs. Kokietgym

Top Rank’s February 22nd “Ring of Gold” event at the Cotai Arena at the Venetian Macau in Macau, China, features three Olympic gold medalists and two world title bouts.

In the headliner, Chinese boxing icon and two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming (3-0) headlines against Thailand’s Yokthong Kokietgym (14-3, 10 KOs) in an eight round flyweight bout. In world title action, IBF lightweight champ Miguel Angel Vazquez (33-3, 13 KOs) defends his belt against unbeaten Russian Denis Shafikov (33-0-1, 18 KOs), while South African WBA/IBO featherweight champ Simpiwe Vetyeka (26-2, 16 KOs) defends against Japan’s Akifumi Shimoda (28-3-2, 12 KOs).

The other two Olympians are middleweight Ryota Murata (2-0, 2 KOs) and cruiserweight Egor Mekhontsev (1-0, 1 KO), both of whom won gold medals in London last year. They face TBA. In addition, there’s a clash between Hong Kong’s Rex Tso (8-0-2, 5 KOs) and Japan’s Mako Matsuyama (7-7-1, 3 KOs) for the WBO Asian super flyweight title.

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