Roach Says Shiming Is Ready To Rock, Will Be Too Fast For Foe

Freddie Roach would have liked the sparring partners he thought he had set up for ZouShiming in Macau to actually be there. But they weren’t…and Dedham Freddie isn’t getting grumpy about it.

Coach Roach said on Monday evening (US time) Shiming, the 33-year-old amateur stud, who won medals at three Olympics and turned pro in April 2013, is about a pound and a half over the flyweight limit right now. Shiming, who Freddie says is still polishing up some of the edges he gained fighting as a non-pro, is due to fight Luis De la Rosa, a Colombian, on Saturday. The bout, for the WBO International flyweight crown, will be shown on HBO2 Saturday in the US.

“Zou was ready when we left America,” said Roach in a phoner. “This is a big step, if he wins this his next fight is for a world title.” And is De la Rosa going to be stiff competition? “I think Shiming is a little too fast for him,” the trainer told me. Shiming, he continued, is approximately “a hundred percent better” now than when he debuted, Roach said, but some wrinkles are still being ironed. For instance, last week, Freddie was talking about timing and distance, and the optimal distance from which to launch a power punch. Shiming looked lost and his translator couldn’t find the right words right away to translate from Roach-ese to Chinese. But the words were found and the point was made…

Roach says that he will be on the lookout for Shiming getting a bit anxious, trying to do too much too soon on Saturday. He likes how he’s setting down on his shots, and fighting in a manner which is more likely to get him a stoppage, or at least love from judges who seem to reward points-gathering more than they used to.

For sure, right now, Shiming is a big star in China. “He’s more popular in China than Manny Pacquiao,” he noted. And that goes a long way in telling you why the most successful boxing promoter of this era, Bob Arum, spends so much time, effort and money on taking shows to Macau. He knows to go where the eyeballs are, because those eyeballs are attached to wallets.

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-The Commish :

I have heard that Freddie Roach has the fast-handed Shiming sitting down on his punches more. We will see on Saturday. -Randy G.

-oubobcat :

Roach has been doing a great job with Shiming. When I first saw Shiming fight as a pro, I honestly did not see anything special in him at all. And even with all the belts available, thought to myself that there was no way he would compete at that upper level of boxing. But he has gotten much better since that first fight and improved each and every time he has set foot in the ring since. In his last fight, he was sitting down on his punches more and got the KO. It was quite an impressive performance and really showed me once again how good a trainer Roach is in this sport. He refined Shiming in a year from a quick scoring amateur style fighter (score with fast shots with no power and move) to more a pro style fighter. I am expecting more improvement once again from Shiming. And I have changed my mind on him and can see him winning a title belt in this sport.