Boxing - Shiming on course for first world title shot after maiden KO

Two-time Olympic champion Zou Shiming could be in line for a world title fight this year after another professional win.

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China's Zou Shiming celebrates Olympic gold (Reuters)

China’s Shiming scored the first stoppage of his pro career by finishing Thailand’s Tokthong Kokeitgym in the seventh round of their battle on Saturday in Macau.

“After the first couple of fights, especially my last fight, I went home and reviewed what I was doing,” Shiming said after the win.

“I was rushing my shots in previous fights, but I was patient this time around and the knockdown came.”

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said before the fight that the 32-year-old could be on the path to world title fights with a win over Kokeitgym.

“We would not rush him towards a title fight and then see he’s not ready,” Arum explained.

“We’ll see him fight Saturday and then we will have a better idea.”

Arum had also conceded that if Shiming continues to improve, a title fight against IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng, also from Thailand, could be on in November “if everything goes to plan.”

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