Mon, Jul 29, 2013 - Page 19 News List

Zou Shiming wins second pro fight

STEPPING UP:Zou fought more aggressively than in his debut and dominated Jesus Ortega, while Juan Francisco Estrada came on late to beat the Philippines’ Milan Melindo

By James Goyder  /  Contributing reporter

By the end of the fight, Munoz’s face was bruised and swollen as the Argentine fought bravely, but was comprehensively outclassed by Gradovich, who kept firing away with crisp combinations that more often than not found their target.

The only thing missing for Gradovich was the finish. He was able to drive Munoz back against the ropes a few times, but the resilient Argentine refused to go down. The scorecard reflected the Russian’s superiority as he retained his IBF featherweight belt by margins of 119-109,119-109 and 120-108.

Earlier in the night, Andy Ruiz Jr defeated Joe Hanks in a battle of undefeated heavyweights, scoring two knockdowns in the fourth round to successfully defend his WBO intercontinental title.

Top Rank’s next card at the Cotai Arena sees Manny Pacquaio take on Brandon Rios on Nov. 24 in an eagerly awaited welterweight matchup that will be the Filipino’s first fight on Asian soil since 2006.

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