A little more than a year after winning a world title, Zou Shiming may be kissing his career goodbye after a freak accident gave him a serious eye injury.
According to a WBN report, Shiming suffered a detached retina during a flight from Shanghai to Beijing on December 23 and has reportedly lost sight in one eye. Prognosis for Shiming’s fight career looks grim as it appears that Shiming’s career is likely over. Further confirmation came from Sina Shanghai, which stated that Shiming is in the hospital receiving further evaluation.
“He will stay in hospital and things are not looking good. The check-up is still going on but his spirit seems to be OK,” Sina Shanghai stated.
Ran Yingying, Shiming's wife, wrote the following on the matter: “I can’t sleep. I will wait until the morning and start with a different check-up. Today is the worst day for me.”
Shiming is a double Olympic gold medalist, turning pro in 2013. The Top Rank product amassed a 9-2 record, challenging for the IBF flyweight title in 2015 and eventually winning the WBO flyweight title in 2016 on HBO. But Shiming did not get to keep the title for very long. In his last fight, Shiming lost the title to Sho Kimura via late-round TKO this past July.
The 36-year-old Shiming also won a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics and is a three-time amateur world champion. Since winning the world title, Shiming has been a mainstay on Fightful's Boxing Rankings at flyweight.