A few days ago we reported that former Chinese amateur stand out Zhang Zhilei was set to debut on August 8th on ESPN Friday Night Fights. Today we have news that Zhilei isn't the only Chinese Heavyweight set to debut in the US in coming weeks and more amazingly the 6'7 Zhilei isn't even going to be the biggest!
The honour of the "biggest Chinese debutant" instead goes to Taishan Dong who we believe may well be the tallest ever Chinese boxer and will actually go down as one of the all time tallest.
Stood at 6'11" Dong will be making his debut on July 18th on a Fox Sports 1 card that will be headlined by popular Filipino slugger Mercito Gesta (27-1-1, 15). Despite Gesta being the main event on the show we can't help but thing that it will be Dong who will be capturing the attention of many fans as he battles Ronny Hale (2-7, 2).
For those wondering about Dong's fighting credentials he doesn't appear to have the amateur boxing background of Zhang, who of course competed at the Olympics, but he was a kick boxer who fought under the name of "Taizan". It was as a kick boxer that he scored a very notable win over Bob Sapp, a win that can be seen below courtesy of SonOfGoForkYourself.
We're unsure whether or not Dong's professional boxing debut will be aired on TV but we'd imagine that could well be given the sheer size and marketability of the "Chinese Giant". Unfortunately however from the clips we've seen of him as a kick boxer he does appear gangly and uncoordinated, a problem often found in faller boxers.
(Picture above courtesy of the Bangkok Post and shows Dong stood next to Xiong Zhong Zhao, the former WBC Minimumweight champion who is made to look like a child in comparison to Dong)
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