Earlier today Chinese fight fans in Beijing saw Heavyweight puncher Zhang Junlong (19-0, 19) [张君龙] figth for the 5th time this year, and he took a minor step up in class as he faced off with former Cruiserweight world champion Victor Emilio Ramirez (22-4-1-1, 17).
Specific details of the bout have been hard to find, though from what has been made available showed that Ramirez was horribly out of shape, and had seemingly come into the bout with next to no notice. He was looking looking fat, and like a man who was there to collect a cheque, rather than looking to get his career back on track.
As mentioned details of the result aren't very clear but reports are that the Chinese fighter set a high pace and Ramirez was down early, and stopped early on. Sadly it's unclear from those reports what round the bout was stopped in but all the reports make it clear that Junlong won by stoppage.
After the bout Junlong stated he was incredibly "happy" about the win over a fighter like Ramirez and seemed to suggest that he was chasing a bout with global superstar Anthony Joshua, and his WBA world title. It's worth noting that this was Zhang's 6th defense of the WBA Oceania title.
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Last Friday we saw Chinese star Zou Shiming (9-2, 2) [邹市明] suffer a surprising stoppage lose to unknown Japanese fighter Sho Kimura (15-1-2, 8) [木村翔], losing the WBO Flyweight title as a result. Just a day later Cinese fans had something to celebrate as Heavyweight hopeful Zhang Junlong (18-0, 18) [张君龙] continued his perfect record, stopping South African veteran Osborne Machimana (22-10-2, 17).
As with most of Junlong's fights the actual contest was a bit of a mystery, with little in terms of build up and no notable video footage of the contest, however reports from China have stated that the bout was part of a charity event and ended in the second round, not the opening round as reported on boxrec.com.
On paper Junlong's record is impressive, and this was his 4th win of 2017, though it does need to be noted that Machimana was 38 years old and has now been stopped 6 times, including a 2011 loss to the then touted Englishman David Price, suggesting he wasn't expected to be a stiff test for the heavy handed Junlong.
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The Chinese scene can be hard to keep on top of at times and as a result some bouts seem to take place with little or no notice. One such bout occured yesterday and saw Heavyweight hopeful Zhang Junlong (16-0, 16) [张君龙] extend his truly perfect record with an opening round stoppage against Bolivian veteran Saul Farah (64-22-3, 56).
The bout, held at the Grand Regency Hotel in Qingdao, lasted less than 90 seconds but saw the out matched Farah being dropped and the referee being forced to stop the bout.
With this being a 16th straight stoppage for the Chinese puncher there is now talk in China about Junlong moving towards a potential world title.
Very few details of the bout are available but from the images posted online it did look like Farah was totally out of shape, ane really hadn't turned up to do more than make up the numbers. Notably this was the 4th time he had been stopped inside a round.
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Big punching Chinese Heavyweight Zhang Junlong (15-0, 15) [张君龙] extended his perfect record yesterdar in Beijing as he took out Argentinian veteran Rogelio Omar Rossi (18-5-1, 11) in the opening round, to defend the WBA Oceania Heavyweigth title for the second time.
The heavy handed "Dragon King" ended the bout with a shot to the liver of Rossi who was in agony as he dropped to the canvas.
Following the bout the stories in China seems to be that Junlong is looking for more serious bouts, and he has continued to be linked to Japan's Kyotaro Fujimoto (16-1, 8) [藤本 京太郎], the current Oriental champion, whilst fans have proposed a possible Chinese showdown between Junlong and fellow Chinese fighter Zhang Zhilei (14-0, 10) [张志磊], who recently won the WBO Oriental Heayweight title.
At the moment it looks like Junlong is looking for more notable bouts and the fact he recently acquired a passport does open up a lot more options for the big puncher who looks to make 2017 a career defining year.
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Chinese boxing has had a string of bad results in recent years, despite Zou Shiming's success late last year that saw him claim the WBO Flyweight title. Despite the set backs the country does seem to be on a boxing up with the growth of the boxing scene in the country being particularly notable.
One of the most interesting Chinese boxing figures is Heavyweight Zhang Junlong (14-0, 14) [张君龙] who was recently in the Chinese press with several bits of news. One of those is that he has been granted a passport, allowing him to fight outside of China, at last, and has seen the fighter mention possible bouts in Japan and Korea.
With fights on the road now possible the Chinese press have started to suggest that Junglong is set to chase a face with Japanese Heavyweight Kyotaro Fujimoto (15-1, 8) [藤本 京太郎]. It seems that if Junlong does make his Japanese debut this year it will be against Fujimoto potentially for the OPBF title, if Fujimoto wins it later this month.
There isn't a date for Junlong's ring return but it sounds like he may fight once before a potential fight with Fujimoto later in the year. The winner of that could be in the mix for a world title fight, as ludicrous as that might actually sound.
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