Thai Fighter Ruenroeng Beats Shiming in Macau

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So to Macao, China, the world’s true capital of sin, a pit of fervour in chance that dwarfs the take in Las Vegas weekly, a pie from which boxing, in the form of its most Machiavellian avatar, Bob Arum, desperately wants to carve itself a piece. Arum’s chariot is the most watched fighter in the history of boxing: Zou Shiming, a superstar of such enormous proportions in his native China that he was able to draw down hundreds of thousands of dollars for what amounted to preliminary contests against hopeless opposition. Shiming’s problem was only that his devotion to the amateur game that made him famous was so overstated that he entered this contest at 6-0 (with one knockout) but at thirty-three years of age. As tender as he is old in boxing terms be does not have time to play fighter and so he was matched today with the #2 contender in the white-hot flyweight division, Amnat Ruenroeng.

A bold move you might say, given that Shiming has boxed twelve rounds only once and furthermore that not only is he unranked himself but that he has never met a ranked fighter. There has been speculation, however, that Shiming may hold a sign over Ruenroeng, having bested him in the amateurs. Surging professional turns from novices Naoya Inoue and Vasyl Lomachenko may also have stiffened resolve, as did Ruenroeng’s lukewarm performance against puncher McWilliams Arroyo last September. Lurking in the shadows of that performance is a hardened fighter with a chequered past and vast experience in combat sport despite a ledger that read just 14-0 in boxing. Furthermore, he had derailed another prospect nursed by the warmth of huge promotional strength, Kazuto Ioka. Ioka had been ordained a monster in waiting by the powers that be, but was run over by a steaming Ruenroeng. Arroyo in September; Ioka in May – and a wide points victory over Rocky Fuentes last January was a run that made the Thai a fringe contender for Fighter of the Year 2014.

2015 has started well for him, too, as he today out-prodded in Shiming a fighter that carried the weight of one-hundred million dollars upon his narrow shoulders. As the man once said, money can buy you class.

An uncertainty purveyed Shiming’s work from the first and I suspect Ruenroeng, more experienced in professional combat as in life, sensed it. He adopted a waiting posture. Shiming, determined to counter, mirrored him, and Ruenroeng’s reach advantage was in play, allowing him to dominate an anaemic battle of the jabs, a disaster for the Chinese. In the second, he caught something of a break, flashing up a left hand counter as Ruenroeng tumbled away from him in a clash of knees and Shiming had a point to play with. He needed it – Ruenroeng refused to be baited even as Shiming adopted a teasing expression and poked out his chin, hands low, repeatedly through the fourth and fifth. The Thai was patient, waiting, coiled, looking for a jab that was dominating sparse action as Shiming slipped, feinted and danced his way around the ring, neglecting to throw punches.

He did manage a leaping left-hook in the fifth that I thought narrowly brought him that frame, making the fight level on my card after the questionably ruled knockdown in the second round, giving the sixth a crucial feel. Freddie Roach, superstar trainer to the superstar Shiming, sensed this and sent out his charge with instructions to throw more leather. Shiming obliged, but Ruenenroeng shaded a tense round with that irritating jab and that cobbled, sudden right.

The tension was palpable, the men climbing around each other as they clinched, Ruenroeng twice throwing Shiming to the canvas as they bumped, but it was Ruenroeng that dealt more completely with the ebb of the fight; again and again he moved away in increments designed to bring Shming onto his jab. Shiming seems willing, moving forwards with his hands high, but he looked neither the superstar amateur of his early years or the supposed professional we were sold after his last fight, against Kwanpichit, another Thai. Rather he seemed some hybrid of the two, and one that had brought to the table the weakest of both worlds. Ruenroeng was dominating Shiming with the jab, controlling him with it, instilling within him a fear of it. Roach’s exhortations became more and more extravagant between rounds until he hit the heights of demanding the Chinese let his hands go; there appeared no more for the trainer to give. Shiming, after just six professional fights, seemed gunshy. By the eleventh, he surely needed a knockout on any cognitive card and a different tension began to build – could an unheralded Thai jailbird come to the newly anointed sin city and receive the blessing of a fair decision?

Boxing, as well as Ruenroeng was the winner here today. My card read 116-111 to the Thai and so did that of all three official cards. Ruenroeng dominated by my eye. He was clearly the stronger man, he clearly wielded the better jab and when he threw it, the right hand was on a postage stamp behind that jab. For all that he did little, Shiming often did nothing and he paid for it in humiliation. A comeback is likely with so much money on the table, but how does he improve on this performance? It is the ultimate embarrassment for the name trainer to find himself yelling into the face of a charge who does not speak his language in the late rounds that his man “throw more combinations”, but there was nothing else for Roach to say. It was exactly what Shiming needed to do; he was incapable.

For Ruenroeng, big fights lie ahead for what passes at 112lbs for big money, against the likes of Roman Gonzalez, Juan Francisco Estrada or Naoya Inoue.

For Shiming, it’s a long, hard look in the mirror.

— Photo Credit : Chris Farina – Top Rank

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-Kid Blast :

This was a great one to call. The Thai was a very live dog and I called it right for change. I 'm also getting sick of Freddie Roach disparaging opponents. He never ever has anything nice to say.


-deepwater2 :

Cool. Upsets are good for the sport.


-Skibbz :

Agreed with both of the above. Taped the fight to watch tomorrow, from all accounts it will be an entertaining fight. Wonder the effect it'll have on China's golden boy.


-brownsugar :

Never ever thought that Shimming losing a fight in China by decision was even a realistic concept. Im sure the casinos of Macao made a tidy profit.


-Skibbz :

Never ever thought that Shimming losing a fight in China by decision was even a realistic concept. Im sure the casinos of Macao made a tidy profit.
interestingly revenues are down as regulation has been stepped up considerably. they may have made good money today but chinese gov is getting stricter and stricter with their citizens going to the gambling dens and losing their money.


-Radam G :

Never ever thought that Shimming losing a fight in China by decision was even a realistic concept. Im sure the casinos of Macao made a tidy profit.
The Asian Orient is all about honesty. That robbing of Roy Jones Jr back in da day was out of the ordinary. Zhou will be back. He has to win it to be in it. No Asian is giving him a Sin City C.J. Ross victory in China and nowhere else in the Asian Orient. Holla!


-brownsugar :

interestingly revenues are down as regulation has been stepped up considerably. they may have made good money today but chinese gov is getting stricter and stricter with their citizens going to the gambling dens and losing their money.
Yeah, ...I heard on the news recently that billions of dollars worth of Chinese money used to get laundered through the Macao gambling industry....a practice that the Chinese government was not too keen on. Although I had not heard about the stricter regulations. The diehard gamblers must be loving it.


-brownsugar :

The Asian Orient is all about honesty. That robbing of Roy Jones Jr back in da day was out of the ordinary. Zhou will be back. He has to win it to be in it. No Asian is giving him a Sin City C.J. Ross victory in China and nowhere else in the Asian Orient. Holla!
It was a pleasant surprise to see a fair decision rendered against the hometown guy for a change. Only seven fights into his career, Shimming rolled the dice and came up short. Maybe next time.


-deepwater2 :

It was a pleasant surprise to see a fair decision rendered against the hometown guy for a change. Only seven fights into his career, Shimming rolled the dice and came up short. Maybe next time.
He has to learn the lesson Loma learned. Start early,go and hurt your opponent and keep it up. It's not the amateurs anymore and effective aggression usually wins the fight.


-Radam G :

He has to learn the lesson Loma learned. Start early,go and hurt your opponent and keep it up. It's not the amateurs anymore and effective aggression usually wins the fight.
Ditto! You are spot on! Using V-Lo's situation was a very keen analysis. Holla!


-Radam G :

From the pottie mouth of my 115-year-old Tio Mamoy. "In 56 days and one hour, Da Manny pucks da Mayfellow ($i€) up." Holla!


-stormcentre :


Never ever thought that Shimming losing a fight in China by decision was even a realistic concept. Im sure the casinos of Macao made a tidy profit.
You and me both. Is this a sign about/for Shimming? Or is it just a hiccup in the road?


-kidcanvas :

he never was any good and having freddy in the corner wasnt going to change that .even $ cant buy you skill,plus fighting a thai fighter?? shiming should of brought a bat,they are born in the ring


-gibola :

Dull fight, correct decision. Shiming was dreadful, he sure coulda used a busy jab instead of standing outside doing nothing or walking/jumping forward into clinches with his head down. Ruenroeng won the fight purely by jabbing, you would think it would take more to beat a multi-gold Olympian, but it appears not. The Thai was a clear winner but it was still a relief when the decision went his way.


-stormcentre :


he never was any good and having freddy in the corner wasnt going to change that .even $ cant buy you skill,plus fighting a thai fighter?? shiming should of brought a bat,they are born in the ring
Gotta admit that the thought(s) crossed my mind a few times previously but I didn't want to rain on anyone's parade and I guess I hoped he'd show some signs of professional brilliance sooner or later. We all know why Bob invested in him, I guess it's now time to see if the investment returns on the exit strategy.


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

From the pottie mouth of my 115-year-old Tio Mamoy. "In 56 days and one hour, Da Manny pucks da Mayfellow ($i?) up." Holla!
Manny is going to have to go to Auto Zone immediately following his May 2nd encounter with Mayweather because Floyd is going to beat the "brakes" off of him. I don't want to hear any excuses after Floyd schools him.


-stormcentre :

Manny is going to have to go to Auto Zone immediately following his May 2nd encounter with Mayweather because Floyd is going to beat the "brakes" off of him. I don't want to hear any excuses after Floyd schools him.
:)


-Radam G :

Manny is going to have to go to Auto Zone immediately following his May 2nd encounter with Mayweather because Floyd is going to beat the "brakes" off of him. I don't want to hear any excuses after Floyd schools him.
Keep hope alive! Money May will be gone in five. He's going to look like he bumped into a beehive. Holla!


-Kid Blast :


->http://theboxingtribune.com/2015/03/amnat-ruenroeng-the-live-dog/


-stormcentre :

Keep hope alive! Money May will be gone in five. He's going to look like he bumped into a beehive. Holla!
I just knew you were not gunna let that SRD comment go. :) But hey you never know? If Pacquaio don't cure that major flaw of his . . . . After round 8, he may just not want any more. See I can do a little rhyme too - just like you. But, MMMnostRADAMusG . . . . please tell me do you know what it is? For all his brilliance, Pacquaio has a major, major flaw in his repertoire for someone that is about to fight a guy like Mayweather. If he doesn't fix it, at best, it will probably make being successful a lot harder. Do you know what it is?


-stormcentre :

Keep hope alive! Money May will be gone in five. He's going to look like he bumped into a beehive. Holla!
I just knew you were not gunna let that SRD comment go. :) But hey you never know? If Pacquaio don't cure that major flaw . . . . After round 8, he may just not want any more. See I can do a little rhyme too - (almost) just like you. :) But, MMMnostRADAMusG . . . . please tell me do you know what it (the major flaw) is? For all his brilliance, Pacquaio has a major, major flaw in his repertoire for someone that is about to fight a guy like Mayweather. If he doesn't fix it, at best, it will probably make being successful a lot harder. Do you know what it is?


-Radam G :

I just knew you were not gunna let that SRD comment go. :) But hey you never know? If Pacquaio don't cure that major flaw of his . . . . After round 8, he may just not want any more. See I can do a little rhyme too - just like you. But, MMMnostRADAMusG . . . . please tell me do you know what it is? For all his brilliance, Pacquaio has a major, major flaw in his repertoire for someone that is about to fight a guy like Mayweather. If he doesn't fix it, at best, it will probably make being successful a lot harder. Do you know what it is?
All pugs -- great and terrible -- have flaws. But they can beat all Physics laws. Besides seeing a flaw outside dat squared jungle is not how a pug sees it inside the inside. Speed of action debunk and double junk flaws. Money May is more flawed than the typical textbook pug. But he has talent and skills -- as he should -- to make an opponent look like syet trying to exploit it. And, plus, but he has the curse of 38 right in his grill this scrap. Dude is over the hill. He won't be able to find Da Manny. He will be too busy trying to survive. Again, he will be down and out in round five. Holla!


-Radam G :

All pugs -- great and terrible -- have flaws. But they can beat all Physics laws. Besides seeing a flaw outside dat squared jungle is not how a pug sees it inside the inside. Speed of action debunk and double junk flaws. Money May is more flawed than the typical textbook pug. But he has talent and skills -- as he should -- to make an opponent look like syet trying to exploit it. And, plus, but he has the curse of 38 right in his grill this scrap. Dude is over the hill. He won't be able to find Da Manny. He will be too busy trying to survive. Again, he will be down and out in round five. Holla!
The last time Pops Joy May contested against Top Notch Trainer Freddie "Always Ready no joke coach" Roach, it was a blowout loss for PJM. It will be the same come May 2. Holla!


-stormcentre :

Whoa be careful MMMRG. I know you have NostRADAMus forecasting powers, but you’re starting to sound as cocky as Judah was before laid out a game-plan to knock his block off. I know it’s nice to be riding high on confidence - but no-one beats the laws of physics my friend; as they're about as iron clad as (if not more than) death and taxes. Furthermore, extrapolating the former (death) with your comments leaves us with all pugs being able to beat Father time. Doesn’t happen. Mayweather may be “over the hill” (no argument from me that he has seen better days), and Pacquaio may have seen better days too – days that would have him completely cleaning out guys like Rios and Algieri (who are a few notches below Floyd in many ways); but the fact remains this flaw of Manny’s is a serious liability. Not only that, if Pacquaio (or Roach) were to (identify and) rectify it, I would be making my prediction for Manny right here and now. It’s got that kind of potential to sure up Pacquaio’s chances of success. Don’t take my word for it though, just keep ploughing ahead with confidence, face first; Zab Judah style. ☺ Your other post about the Hatton win for Freddie and Pacquaio; I believe Floyd blew, and knoocked out Ricky first, and then Pacquaio met him. Add to that, for some crazy reason Hatton then thought it would benefit him to train with Floyd Sr. I – like you – have reservations about Floyd Sr’s ability to successfully manage/train anyone other than his son, and for what it’s worth I believe Hatton only jumped ship to Floyd Sr. because he needed to make it look like his action with respect to sacking his former trainer were appropriate – when, in my opinion, they were nothing more than a knee jerk reaction to Hatton finding out that he was too set in his ways to change his style – particularly with the man’s father that had softened him up for Manny. ☺


-stormcentre :

Whoa be careful MMMRG. I know you have NostRADAMus forecasting powers, but you’re starting to sound as cocky as Judah was before we laid out a game-plan to knock his block off. I know it’s nice to be riding high on confidence - but no-one beats the laws of physics my friend; as they're about as iron clad as (if not more than) death and taxes. Furthermore, extrapolating the former (death) with your comments leaves us with all pugs being able to beat Father time. Doesn’t happen. Mayweather may be “over the hill” (no argument from me that he has seen better days), and Pacquaio may have seen better days too – days that would have him completely cleaning out guys like Rios and Algieri (who are a few notches below Floyd in many ways); but the fact remains this flaw of Manny’s is a serious liability. Not only that, if Pacquaio (or Roach) were to (identify and) rectify it, I would be making my prediction for Manny right here and now. It’s got that kind of potential to sure up Pacquaio’s chances of success. Don’t take my word for it though. Just keep ploughing ahead - with confidence - face first - changing nothing - as if the technique is already so perfect; Zab Judah V Kostya Tszyu style. :) Your other post about the Hatton win for Freddie and Pacquaio; yep Pacquaio did a real job on Ricky. No doubt about that. Sensational KO win for Pacquaio. However, (and I am not saying this to detract from Pacquaio's brilliant performance), but I believe Floyd blew, and knocked out Ricky first, and then Pacquaio met him straight after that. Prior to Floyd V Hatton, Ricky was rolling forward with some pretty serious (network financed) "momentum". Add to that, for some crazy reason Hatton then (after Floyd blew him out) thought it would benefit him to train with Floyd Sr - the father of the very guy that just previously and seriously had deflowered him in Vegas. I – like you MMMNostRADAMusG – also have reservations about Floyd Sr’s ability to successfully manage/train anyone other than his son. And, for what it’s worth (aside from how woeful I believe Floyd Sr prepared Hatton for Pacquaio) I believe Hatton only jumped ship to Floyd Sr. because he needed to make it look like his (appalling) actions with respect to (unnecessarily) sacking his former British trainer were appropriate – when, in my opinion, those actions were nothing more than a knee jerk (public) reaction to (and authored by) Hatton losing to Floyd in such a radically embarrassing manner; after Ricky was being (yet another opponent that was) so vocal before the fight about how he was going to beat Mayweather and make a good show of it. "Let's have it then"; as Hatton would say at the weigh in. As a result of all this (entertainment and the loss to Floyd) Hatton then jumped ship to Floyd Sr. presumably thinking Floyd Sr. could assist, add, and refine Ricky's skills - so that Hatton morphed into an aggressive fighter that was also wrapped up in Floyd's silky, slip, slide, and shoulder roll, style. When in actuality (the actuality of the reality as you MMMRG may{weather} put it) all this really did was reveal to Ricky; a) Why he lost to Floyd in the 1st place. b) How hard Floyd's silky, slip, slide, and shoulder roll, style, is to master - particularly under championship fight; preparation time and competition pressure. c) How limited his underlying face-first and defenceless style was when in with the big dawgs who were in their prime. d) What Frank Warren really did for him. e) Why expecting Floyd Sr. - the guy who fathered and trained the boxer that just cleaned Ricky's c.ock - to change Ricky's style and also successfully prepare him for his next fight (with Pacman); may have been a bad idea. f) How good Pacquaio was. g) How deeply set Hatton was in both his boxing and extracurricular ways to change his style – particularly on such short notice and with the man’s father that had just softened him up for Manny with his first (devastating) KO loss; rammed into the ring's corner post courtesy of a perfect check hook. :)


-Radam G :

Confidence full. Cocky empty. I'm just deeply in da poop. And I know da scoop. There is nothing like real-deal knowledge. Holla!


-stormcentre :

All pugs -- great and terrible -- have flaws. But they can beat all Physics laws. Besides seeing a flaw outside dat squared jungle is not how a pug sees it inside the inside. Speed of action debunk and double junk flaws. Money May is more flawed than the typical textbook pug. But he has talent and skills -- as he should -- to make an opponent look like syet trying to exploit it. And, plus, but he has the curse of 38 right in his grill this scrap. Dude is over the hill. He won't be able to find Da Manny. He will be too busy trying to survive. Again, he will be down and out in round five. Holla!
Whoa be careful MMMRG. I know you have NostRADAMus forecasting powers, but you’re starting to sound as cocky as Judah was before we laid out a game-plan to knock his block off. I know it’s nice to be riding high on confidence - but no-one beats the laws of physics my friend; as they're about as iron clad as (if not more than) death and taxes. Furthermore, extrapolating the former (death) with your comments leaves us with all pugs being able to beat Father time. Doesn’t happen. Mayweather may be “over the hill” (no argument from me that he has seen better days), and Pacquaio may have seen better days too – days that would have him completely cleaning out guys like Rios and Algieri (who are a few notches below Floyd in many ways); but the fact remains this flaw of Manny’s is a serious liability. Not only that, if Pacquaio (or Roach) were to (identify and) rectify it, I would be making my prediction for Manny right here and now. It’s got that kind of potential to sure up Pacquaio’s chances of success. Don’t take my word for it though. Just keep ploughing ahead - with confidence - face first - changing nothing - as if the technique is already so perfect; Zab Judah V Kostya Tszyu style. :) Your other post about the Hatton win for Freddie and Pacquaio; yep Pacquaio did a real job on Ricky. No doubt about that. Sensational KO win for Pacquaio. However, (and I am not saying this to detract from Pacquaio's brilliant performance), but I believe Floyd blew, and knocked out Ricky first, and then Pacquaio met him straight after that. Prior to Floyd V Hatton, Ricky was rolling forward with some pretty serious (network financed) "momentum". Add to that, for some crazy reason Hatton then (after Floyd blew him out) thought it would benefit him to train with Floyd Sr - the father of the very guy that just previously and seriously had deflowered him in Vegas. I – like you MMMNostRADAMusG – also have reservations about Floyd Sr’s ability to successfully manage/train anyone other than his son. And, for what it’s worth (aside from how woeful I believe Floyd Sr prepared Hatton for Pacquaio) I believe Hatton only jumped ship to Floyd Sr. because he needed to make it look like his (appalling) actions with respect to (unnecessarily) sacking his former British trainer were appropriate – when, in my opinion, those actions were nothing more than a knee jerk (public) reaction to (and authored by) Hatton losing to Floyd in such a radically embarrassing manner; after Ricky was being (yet another opponent that was) so vocal before the fight about how he was going to beat Mayweather and make a good show of it. "Let's have it then"; as Hatton would say at the weigh in. As a result of all this (entertainment and the loss to Floyd) Hatton then jumped ship to Floyd Sr. presumably thinking Floyd Sr. could assist, add, and refine Ricky's skills - so that Hatton morphed into an aggressive fighter that was also wrapped up in Floyd's silky, slip, slide, and shoulder roll, style. When in actuality (the actuality of the reality as you MMMRG may{weather} put it) all this really did was reveal to Ricky; a) Why he lost to Floyd in the 1st place. b) How hard Floyd's silky, slip, slide, and shoulder roll, style, is to master - particularly under championship fight; preparation time and competition pressure. c) How limited his underlying face-first and defenceless style was when in with the big dawgs who were in their prime. d) What Frank Warren really did for him. e) Why expecting Floyd Sr. - the guy who fathered and trained the boxer that just cleaned Ricky's c.ock - to change Ricky's style and also successfully prepare him for his next fight (with Pacman); may have been a bad idea. f) How good Pacquaio was. g) How deeply set Hatton was in both his boxing and extracurricular ways to change his style – particularly on such short notice and with the man’s father that had just softened him up for Manny with his first (devastating) KO loss; rammed into the ring's corner post courtesy of a perfect check hook. :)