Chinese boxing star Zou Shiming not ready to retire; says he’ll fight as long as his body allows him to
Chinese Olympic hero has not fought since his upset loss to Japan’s Sho Kimura last July
Zou was revealed to be suffering from a serious eye condition after losing partial sight in his left eye during a flight from Beijing to Shanghai following the Laureus China Top Ten Sports Awards.
“I’m cooperating with doctors to get treatment, and I will never give up. If my body allows it, I think I can fight in the ring,” Xinhua quoted Zou as saying before adding that he had not decided to retire.
Zou, 36, has been undergoing treatment since the end of last year when the Zunyi-born fighter suddenly lost sight in his eye during the short-haul flight.
Doctors said he was suffering from a detached retina as well as optic nerve damage.
Zou’s wife Ran Yingying revealed that the two-time Olympic champion’s condition was caused by broken bones in and around his eye socket, in a recurrence of a similar injury he suffered in 2014.
Zou won gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and became the WBO flyweight champion in 2016 after turning professional.