Boxing

Zou Shiming’s experiment of promoting himself didn’t go to plan, as he was knocked out in the 11th round Friday by obscure Japanese underdog Sho Kimura at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in China.

Zou, who had parlayed his Olympic gold medals from Beijing and London into professional success, was fighting for the first time without promoter Top Rank and trainer Freddie Roach. As the main eventer making his first defense of the WBO flyweight title, and promoter alongside his wife Ran Yingying, and Chinese news outlets reporting that Zou was rumored to not have a full-time trainer, Zou had a lot on his plate.

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• Mayweather’s hand problems make it difficult to KO McGregor

• It’s tough for Mayweather to knockout elite fighters

• Mayweather wants to knockout McGregor to entertain fans

• Fans expect a knockout

Mayweather promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe wants Floyd Mayweather Jr. to do a job on Conor McGregor by knocking him out on August 26. Ellerbe hopes that Mayweather can entertain the boxing fans that will be coming to see the fight and purchasing it on Showtime PPV.

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