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Sun Apr 20 02:41:06 SAST 2014

China’s Olympic champion Zou signs turns pro

Reuters | 24 January, 2013 10:320 Comments
Olympics Day 15 - Boxing
Shiming Zou (C) of China celebrates his victory as Kaeo Pongprayoon (R) of Thailand reacts after the men's light fly (49kg) boxing final on day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 11, 2012 in London, England
Image by: Scott Heavey / Getty Images

Double Olympic boxing gold medalist Zou Shiming has signed a professional contract to fight under Bob Arum’s Top Rank promotion and will make his debut in April in Macau.

Zou, who won China’s first Olympic boxing medal, a bronze, in Athens and its first gold at the Beijing Games, beat Thailand’s Kaeo Pongprayoon in London to become the first light-flyweight to win three Olympic medals.

Arum’s stable of fighters also includes eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and WBO welterweight title holder Timothy Bradley.

“Zou is an incredible talent who is beloved in the People’s Republic of China,” Arum said in a statement on Wednesday. “We at Top Rank will make every effort to make certain that he has a spectacular career as a professional boxer.”

The 31-year-old Zou also captured gold medals in the World Amateur Championships in 2005, 2007 and 2011.

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