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Zou defers plans to begin pro career

Updated: February 9, 2010, 10:28 PM ET
Associated Press

BEIJING -- Zou Shiming, China's Olympic light flyweight gold medalist, will retain his amateur status and box at the 2012 Games in London, a state newspaper reported Wednesday.

Zou said he decided to defer plans to leave the national team following appeals from Chinese sports officials. But he said he still plans on having a professional career someday, the China Daily reported.

London would mark the third Olympics for Zou, whose bronze at Athens was the first Games podium finish for ...

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