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China’s Zou set to make pro debut

By James Goyder  /  Contributing reporter

Headlining “Fists of Gold” is a bout between Brian Viloria and Juan Francisco Estrada, one of two world title fights on a card that will also feature three up-and-coming Philippine boxers. Despite the presence of more experienced and established stars, all eyes in Macau will inevitably be on Zou as the sole Chinese representative.

It is a lot of pressure to put on a fighter ahead of his professional debut, but with Top Rank taking care of things on the promotional side and Roach overseeing his training, Zou’s career is being guided by some of the most experienced hands in the business.

The boxer himself has had to make plenty of adjustments, from getting used to training and living in a new country to preparing to fight for the first time under the professional rule set, but Zou said he believes that by the time the bell rings for the start of his bout on April 6, he will be ready.

“Getting into the ring with Freddie Roach is a dream, he is teaching me everything I need to know to make the transition to a professional. I’m looking forward to my first fight and I will do everything to ensure I’m well prepared,” he said.

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