But the growth of boxing in China could rest squarely on the shoulders of Zou, who seems to welcome the opportunity to blaze a trail. After all, his favorite boxer since childhood has been Muhammad Ali.
‘‘There is another reason I'm here: I want more and more Zou Shimings coming,’’ Zou said. ‘‘It’s not only about my fight. I want everyone in China to enjoy this sport. My goal is to make more fans of boxing everywhere.’’