MACAU (AFP) – China’s double Olympic gold medal-winning flyweight Zou Shiming dismantled an experienced and durable Thai opponent over 12 rounds to earn a world title shot next year.
In just his sixth fight the Chinese star gave his best performance since turning pro after winning gold at London 2012.
The unbeaten Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym by contrast was in his 28th pro bout and raised cheers among the huge Filipino contingent with his uncanny resemblance to their hero Manny Pacquiao.
But that was where the similarity ended for the man dubbed “Mini-Manny” as he was battered by the lightning quick Zou and dropped to the canvas five times in all, twice in the second round, but bravely got back up on each occasion to see out the full distance.
Kwanpichit was also deducted a point for a series of low blows and lost an overwhelming unanimous decision 119-104, 120-103, 119-104.
This was a final eliminator for the WBO world flyweight championship, making Zou mandatory challenger to title holder Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico in a fight likely take place in spring next year in Macau.