Over the last year or two we've been hearing a lot of chatter about Chinese Heavyweights. Whilst much of that is to do with American based giant Taishan Dong, who appears to have gotten a lot more attention than his ability deserves, we have also seen Zhang Zhilei getting time on US TV.
One Chinese Heavyweight who hasn't yet made his mark Stateside, though has been stacking up wins, is "The Dragon King" Zhang Junlong (18-0, 18)*.
Last time out Junlong scored his biggest win to date by stopping American "opponent" Jason Gavern with that bout coming back in November. The Chinese fighter will now try to add another notable name to his ledger as he returns to action on May 29th and takes on fellow puncher Shawn Cox (18-5, 17).
Cox is a Southpaw from Barbados who first made a name for himself back in 2012 when he blew away former Cruiserweight champion Wayne Braithwaite inside a round. Following that win he went on to face Denis Lebedev in a bout for the WBA interim Cruiserweight title and suffered his first stoppage loss. Although Cox is 2-3 following the loss to Lebedev he has mixed at a high level and scored a notable win last time out by stopping Santander Silgado in 3 rounds.
Whilst this fight won't get a lot of attention in the West it is a good test for Junlong and we may well find out if he has a chin or not. It's the first time he has faced a known puncher and it may well tell us a lot about Junlong's potential to move onto the next level.
This bout is set to headline a card in Bejing with two other, lower level, bouts between Chinese locals and Filipino visitors. We're hoping, that the show will be televised though have yet to recieve any word in regards to the broadcast status of the card.
*-Junglong's record is disputed with boxrec.com listing him as 10-0 (10)
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