Over the last 24 hours there has been a lot written about Chinese Heavyweight giant Taishan Dong (2-0, 2) with some websites comparing him to Ivan Drago or Nikolay Valuev. We won't do that, afterall we're not here for hyperbole.
What we will say however is that Dong was again an imposing figure as he took to the stage earlier today for the weigh in ahead of his 3rd professional bout.
The 6'11" Chinese fighter returns to the ring this Friday on a Golden Boy promoted card on FOX Sports 1 and will be facing 42 year old Roy McCrary (3-2, 3) from Houston, Texas. It's another low level bout for Taishan but the Chinese Heavy won't be rushed, he is after all just a novice boxer. He's not had the long amateur pedigree of some fighters and will instead be given time to develop and bouts like this are perfect for him to hone develop his skills.
The 26 year old giant, who's real name is Jian Jun Dong, only made his debut last July when he stopped Alex Rozman in 2 rounds. That bout, also aired on Fox Sports, saw Taishan impressive with his speed for such a big guy but saw some need for improvement. That improvement will come bit by bit and will be a case of taking babysteps, as seen in his second bout, an opening round KO over the hapless Tommy Washington Jr.
For those expecting to see Taishan in a serious bout any time soon, we're afraid to say you'll have to wait. For now these baby steps will continue. That however isn't a bad thing for the fighter or his team who know that he'll make headlines every time he steps in the ring as more and more fans hear about him.
Whether Taishan ends up a success or not is something we're not going to guess on, however he's certainly a man capable of capturing the attention of fans, opponents and the media. For that we can't complain, the more attention given to Heavyweight boxing and Chinese boxing the better, especially with their now being 3 notable Chinese Heavyweights all making a name for themselves. Taishan, obviously, Zhang Junlong (10-0, 10)* and Zhang Zhilei (2-0, 2). It's unlikely any of them will fight each other but it's still interesting to note that country is developing Heavyweights and sooner or later the country will develop a really good Heavyweight.
(* Junlong's record is disputed with his team claiming he is 18-0, 18 )
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