WBA and WBO flyweight titleholder Brian Viloria will face Juan Francisco Estrada, and Chinese junior flyweight Zou Shiming, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time world amateur champion, will make his professional debut as part of a blockbuster April 6 card that is being planned for Macau, according to Top Rank CEO Bob Arum.
“We’re hoping soon to announce this great card that we’re doing in Macau,” said Arum. “Viloria and Estrada will meet for the 112-pound title, and also, Zou Shiming will make his professional debut.”
Viloria (32-3, 19 knockouts), who is 32, is coming off November’s Fight-of-The-Year caliber 10th-round stoppage of then-WBA beltholder Hernan “Tyson” Marquez, whom he floored three times on the way to unifying the 112-pound crowns for the first time in nearly 50 years.
Hard-hitting 22-year-old Estrada (22-2 with 18 KOs) challenged undefeated 108-pound beltholder Roman Gonzalez in the co-feature to Viloria-Marquez, dropping a competitive and thrilling unanimous decision to the talented Nicaraguan.
A 31-year-old boxer who is among China’s most popular Olympic athletes, Zou is considered the world’s greatest amateur junior flyweight, having captured gold medals in the World Amateur Championships in 2005, 2007 and 2011, and gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 summer Olympic Games.
Zou also earned an Olympic bronze medal in 2004, making him his nation’s first Olympic medalist in boxing as well as its first boxing gold medalist in the World Amateur Championships and the Olympics.
“We’ll have another title fight on the card,” said Arum. “As well as some other interesting international fights.”
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