Making an impression on your debut is often the key to generating some hype. When your debut lasts all of 17 seconds then you have automatically left an impression. That's exactly what Chinese Heavyweight Zhang Zhilei (1-0, 1) did when he blew away American Curtis Lee Tate (7-5, 6).
The fight lasted just about long enough for Zhilei to land 2 left hands on the glove and shoulder of Tate, those blows were enough to send Tate down and the referee immediately waved it off, despite Tate actually getting to his feet relatively quickly.
Unfortunately for Zhilei American commentator Teddy Atlas spent more time ranting and raving about the fight being a waste of time. Sadly until American TV start to enforce quality Atlas has no position to rant. When an American Heavyweight runs up 31 of these type of wins he's lauded as a new saviour of the division, when a Chinese fighter does it he's slated. That's not that we're defending the bout but we do feel that Atlas's needs to realise that Zhilei was making a debut and his team wanted us to remember it, however bad it was. We don't want to be talking about the commentator.
For Zhilei we'd like to see him back in the ring in 4-6 weeks, there's no point in him being inactive for any longer. Hopefully he'll face a better test than he did here though in honesty he's a novice pro who is being used to help market Chinese boxing. We'd understand if he was matched easily for 5 or 6 fights before slowly stepping up. Of course for Mr Atlas that'd likely be far too long for Zhilei who, obviously, should be fighting Wladimir Klitschko in his 4th fight...
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