DOUBLE OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST TO GET HIS FIRST WORLD TITLE SHOT IN MACAU IN MARCH.

Less than two years after turning professional, China’s golden boy Zou Shiming will get his first title shot against undefeated Thai Amnat Ruenroeng for his International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight belt.

Zou and Ruenroeng are familiar foes, having fought three epic battles during their amateur careers, with Zou winning on the last two occasions.

But Zou and told reporters in Shanghai yesterday that he expects another tough, tight contest at The Venetian Macau on 7 March.

“When we were fighting as amateur boxers, I think we were at the same level, in terms of strength,” Zou said.

“Now that he’s a world champion, he’s definitely getting stronger, but I’m improving as well.”

Zou is coming off his longest bout to date – a bloody, 12-round win over another Thai, Kwanpichit Onesongthaigym, in a final eliminator for the world title on the Manny Pacquiao-Chris Algieri undercard in Macau last month.