May 26th 2017-Boca Raton Hotel & Club, Boca Raton, Florida, USA
Zhang Zhilei (15-0, 11) Vs Curtis Harper (12-4, 8)
In 2017 Chinese Heavyweight prospect Zhang Zhilei [张志磊] faced off with Curtis Harper.
August 15th 2015-The Playground, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Zhang Zhilei (4-0, 2) vs Dennis Benson (2-6-1, 1)
In 2015 a then novice Zhang Zhilei [张志磊] faced off with Dennis Benson, in what was Zhilei's first 6 round bout.
November 21st 2015-Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Zhang Zhilei (5-0, 3) vs Juan Goode (6-2, 5)
In late 2015 Chinese hopeful Zhang Zhilei battled against the limited but hard hitting Juan Goode in Nevada.
January 21st 2017-Hebei Sports Venue, Shijiazhuang, China
Zhang Zhilei (13-0, 9) vs Peter Graham (11-3-1, 5)
Yesterday fight fans around the world had the chance to see 2008 Olympic silver medal winner Zhang Zhilei [张志磊] of Australian Peter Graham in a bout for the WBO Oriental Heavyweight title.
September 30th 2016-Wenzhou, China
Zhang Zhilei (11-0, 7) vs Gogita Gorgiladze (32-13, 27)
Earlier today Chinese fans had the chance to see 2008 Olympic medal winner Zhang Zhilei [ 张志磊] face off with Georgian fighter Gogita Gorgiladze.
Some bouts are total mismatches, a waste of time that serve no real purpose. We tend to allow a fighter to have one of those when they turn professional to make an impact as they begin their professional journey.
One problem with those type of bouts however is that they can become farcical, as seen when Zhang Zhilei made his professional debut and scored a 17 second blow out against Curtis Lee Tate. The bout lasted long enough for Zhilei to knock down Tate and the referee to wave it off.
Interestingly Zhilei was the second Chinese Heavyweight to debut in recent weeks following Taishan Dong's blow out victory over Alex Rozman, that was a better bout than this one but in both cases the Chinese fighter easily stopped their American foe.
In 2008 Zhang Zhilei claimed an Olympic silver medal. In his first bout Zhilei defeated the hapless Moroccan Mohamed Amanissi, in what was a very one sided and pointless bout. In his second bout however Zhilei was forced to work for his win as he faced Kazakhstan's Ruslan Myrsatayev. This time around Zhilei didn't have things all his own way, notably in round 2 , though he did win pretty clearly on the cards.
Zhilei again showed some nice traits, and we don't just mean his size. He impressed with his jab and his understanding of distance and also showed some nice power at times. Though he also showed a number of issues, including a total lack of an inside game. In many way he actually looked like like a cheap southpaw version of Wladimir Klitschko.
This win guaranteed Zhilei a bronze medal though that quickly became a silver when Vyacheslav Glazkov was unable to compete in the semi-final.
(Video courtesy of Крутые Кадры)
It's not often that we include amateur fights on here but some times we think it's necessary and in the case of Zhang Zhilei it seems to make sense to include one of his amateur bouts prior to his professional debut.
This bout was from the 2008 Olympics in Zhilei's native China and saw the Chinese fighter looking some what promising and calm under the pressure of carrying his countries flag. Sadly however it's misleading to read too much into this fight considering how poor Mohamed Amanissi was. Despite the limitations of the Moroccan Zhilei did show some very likeable traits including a nice variety of shots, with some lovely body shots.
Zhilei later went on to win a Silver medal at the games losing in the final to the genuinely exceptional Roberto Cammarelle.
Whilst the fight wasn't great we do need to give a huge amount of credit to Jim Neely who came out with some great lines in commentary despite showing utter disdain for the contest he was watching.
(Video courtesy of Крутые Кадры)
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