Gong xi fa cai! Good luck and prosperity in 2015! The Chinese New Year has begun. Tradition dictates that you bid farewell to the old year with graciousness and gratitude and welcome in the new year — this is the Year of the Sheep (or Ram or Goat, depending on whom you ask) — sharing time and celebrating with family and friends over sumptuous feasts.
Unless you are a Chinese icon named Zou Shiming who is 15 days away from the most important fight of his boxing career — challenging undefeated flyweight titlist Amnat Ruenroeng.
“We are preparing for the Shiming Dynasty. There are no holidays in training camp when a world title is at stake,” said Hall of Fame trainer World-Famous Freddie Roach.
“Shiming will have to sacrifice the traditional feasts celebrating the Year of the Sheep to focus on making the 112-pound weight limit and honing his boxing skills. Ewe could say that makes Zou Shiming a mutton for punishment.”
You say you want a resolution. Well, you know. We all want to change the world…champion. In a tip of the hat to the American tradition of making New Year’s resolutions, Zou Shiming offered his today:
- Become a World Champion and to develop the sport and business of Boxing in China.To become more of a fan of the sport rather than just a competitor.
- Take some time off to rest, travel and vacation with my family.
- Eat more Hot Pot. And to eat more, period!
- Put on some weight (See “Eat More Hot Pot” resolution!)
- Shop for new clothes that are not workout related!I have been in training camp so long I feel like a model for the Wild Card Boxing Club clothing line!