December 18th 2015-Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA
Taishan Dong (5-0, 3) vs Daniel Arambula (3-1, 1)
In his 6th professional bout Chinese Heavyweight giant Taishan Dong [董建军] battled against Daniel Arambula.
May 22nd 2015- Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA
Taishan Dong (4-0, 2) Vs Lance Gauch (5-8-2, 3)
Earlier this month we were left unimpressed with Chinese giant Taishan Dong who seemed to struggle with Jamal Woods, he continued his winning streak though showed some real issue that needed sorting out. Less than 2 weeks later Dong was back in the ring as he took on Lance Gauch, a man who looked like he was picked from the local fast food restaurant.
May 9th 2015-Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas, USA
Taishan Dong (3-0, 2) Vs Jamal Woods (6-18-3, 6)
Chinese Heavyweight giant Taishan Dong has regularly received more coverage than his talent has deserved. That's because of his sheer freaky size which was on display this past weekend when he took on limited American Jamal Woods. Without being rude to either fighter, this will not go down as a classic.
February 27th 2015- Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA
Taishan Dong (2-0, 2) Vs Roy McCrary (3-2, 3)
Sometimes in boxing a fighter can get a lot of attention for what is effectively "freak show" value as opposed to ability. One such fighter appears to be Chinese Heavyweight giant Taishan Dong who faced 42 year old Roy McCrary in his 3rd professional bout. In many ways this was Dong's first minor test and the first time he had an opponent who wasn't there to crumble the first time he was hit.
Earlier this year Chinese Heavyweight giant Taishan Dong looked like an imposing force as he marked his debut with a stoppage win over Alex Rozman. This past Thursday we saw him back in the ring as he took on Tommy Washington Jr, a late replacement opponent. Sadly Washington fought much like a late replacement and after only a few notable shots from Dong the American fighter happily took the count and seemed happy to escape from his gigantic, albeit it limited looking foe.
Sadly for those who are awaiting a Chinese Heavyweight world champion it's frustrating to see then given this level of a "test" and we something very similar when Zhang Zhilei fought the frankly hapless Curtis Lee Tate who was far too happy to just go down from the first glancing blow.
Whilst we love all action fights in the lower weights there is still something magical about Heavyweights, maybe it's the power, maybe it's something historical or maybe we're just fans of watching larger than life fighters in action but the Heavyweight division has some extra magnetism to almost every boxing fan. Sadly on this site we don't get to talk too much about the Heavyweight division however this past Friday night saw a Chinese Heavyweight giant make his professional debut and leave a lasting impression.
That man was Taishan Dong, a 7'0" fighter than some are calling "The Great Wall". Dong made his debut in pretty impressive fashion by stopping Alex Rozman in 2 rounds and showed that, for such a big man, he does have some genuine technique, surprisingly speed and hurtful power.
Although he looked unrefined at times Dong did what he had to do to leave fans talking about him and to give Asia boxing one of it's very few interesting Heavyweight prospects.
Incidentally another Chinese Heavyweight, Zhang Zhilei, will be making his debut in a few weeks time. Hopefully Zhang, Dong and even the little known Zhang Junlong will be able to cause a wave in Chinese Heavyweights. Even though the Chinese people are typically small the odds are they will have a least one very good Heavyweight prospect there somewhere.
Here we include some of the best, most interesting, most exciting or most eye catching videos from around the Asian boxing world.