Dino Duva introduced the first boxer he has signed to his new promotional company, Zhang Zhilei, a Chinese silver medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, at a press conference in Manhattan on Monday afternoon.
IBF lightweight beltholder Miguel Vazquez and two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming weighed in on Friday for Saturday’s card in Macau. Vazquez came in at 134.8 pounds, the same as his challenger Denis Shafikov. Shiming weighed 111.8 pounds.
Weigh-in photos from Macau of Miguel Vazquez-Denis Shafikov, Zou Shiming-Yokthong Kokietgym, Ryota Murata-Carlos Nascimento and Egor Mekhontsev-Atthaporn Jaritram. Photos by Chris Farina-Top Rank.
Fighters for the Feb. 22 show in Macau arrive and stage public workouts. The card includes lightweight titleholder Miguel Vazquez vs. Denis Shafikov, plus Olympic gold medalists Ryota Murata, Egor Mekhontsev and Zou Shiming.
IBF lightweight titleholder Miguel Vazquez will attempt to defend his title for the sixth time when he faces undefeated Russian contender Denis Shafikov in Macau. The card will also feature three Olympic gold medalists in separate bouts.
There is a “strong chance” that WBA featherweight beltholder Simphiwe Vetyeka will make his first title defense against Japanese contender Akifumi Shimoda on Feb. 22, Vetyeka’s manager Andile Sidinile tells RingTV.com.
Brazilian silver medalist Esqiuva Falcao, whose older brother signed with Golden Boy in October, inked a promotional deal with rival Top Rank.
Evgeny Gradovich, who upset Billy Dib for the IBF featherweight belt in March in only his 16th pro fight, remains grounded going into his first title defense against Mauricio Munoz on Saturday on the Zou Shiming-topped card in Macau on HBO2.
Mike Tyson will be inducted into the Nevada Hall of Fame on Aug. 10, along with former titleholder Mike McCallum and the late Diego Corrales.
Flyweight combatants Zou Shiming and Jesus Ortega took to the stage in Macau along with WBO and WBA flyweight titleholder Juan Estrada, challenger Milan Melindo, IBF featherweight titleholder Evgeny Gradovich and his opponent, Mauricio Munoz, and heavyweights Andy Ruiz and Joe Hanks.