Former Olympic champ wins on pro boxing debut

Macau, April 7 (IANS) China’s most successful boxer Zou Shiming won his professional boxing debut against Mexican teenager Eleazar Valenzuela here.

Zou, a two-time Olympic gold medallist, won a unanimous points decision 40-36 from three judges after a 15-minute four-round fight with his 18-year-old opponent Saturday night, reports Xinhua.

“I am happy to start my professional boxing career with a win, though it’s only a four-rounder,” said the 31-year-old flyweight boxer.

“I am grateful to my motherland for supporting me along my way to success in the Olympic Games. I would not have been here without the country’s support. It doesn’t matter where I go, I will always be Chinese,” he added.

Zou became China’s first Olympic boxing champion in 2008 Beijing Olympics and added a second gold last year in London.

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