Brian Hawaiian Punch Viloria is the high ranking fighter in this Macao Fists of Gold promotion by a substantial margin. He faces a significant challenge in Juan Francisco Estrada who is coming off a hard fought loss to Roman Gonzalez, the light flyweight king. Viloria’s WBA and WBO straps will put up for grabs.
The card is heavily laden with some other noted champs, contenders, former champs, and prospects such as Roman Martinez, Wilfredo Vazquez Jr, Diego Magdaleno, Dodie Boy Penalosa Jr and his younger brother, Dave Penalosa of the Filipino Penalosa fighting family.
Sounds like a solid highly skilled lineup of action oriented fights, but all to take a backseat to the debut of the first ever Chinese Olympic gold medalist, Zou Shiming, who will be fighting the Mexican novice, Eleazar Valenzuela.
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Zou Shiming is a very popular Chinese athlete and seemed to be quite the affable fellow when he and his wife came to America to be wined and dined by Top Rank honcho Bob Arum as they announced his pro debut. He is nearing 32 years of age, but a reputedly has talent oozing out his pores and looking to become a bigger sensation in China if not also in the rest of the world for as long as his pro career lasts. The venue in Macao, China for his kickoff is significant in that it has potential to become the number one fight spot for big matches that generate lots of money, possibly usurping Las Vegas’ spot as the premiere destination for big fights.
The supporting cast is a pretty rainbow of primarily Asian fighters, such as American Brian Viloria having Filipino roots, the pure Filipino Penalosa brothers, Filipino Melindo, a couple of Thai fighters and a couple of Japanese fighters, an Austrialian, and Indonesian. Puerto Ricans are thrown in the mix with Martinez and Vasquez Jr, and Mexicans Estrada and Valenzuela and an Argentine.
Arum is a cagey old salt and knows nationalist rivalries when he sees them, just the kind of stuff to generate a gate with lively interest in some lively bouts. I’m also thinking that Manny Pacquiao will be on prominent display to promote his next bout in either Macao or Singapore sometime in September the thinking goes.
Sounds like a fun place to be for a paying gig, but, alas, I wasn’t invited, que lastima. Maybe next time, but in the meantime, I’ll just have to catch the broadcast like everyone else. Enjoy.