Over the past couple of days there have been some peculiar developments in Chinese boxing, specifically with Heavyweight destroyer Zhang Junlong (13-0, 13)* [张君龙] who has been accused of faking fights and doctoring his professional record by the WBA.
The “Dragon King” is accused of having a record full of fraudulent wins and has been ordered to provide video proof of his actual bouts.
Whilst the fighter himself has gained some notoriety it must be said that his bouts have been hard to track in full, often with only clips from the contests emerging through the Chinese media. Saying that however it seems that the WBA have only reacted after Junlong's team stated they were starting a WBA tournament and after an unnamed individual began to cause trouble.
On July 6th Junlong held a press conference to announce that there would be a WBA Heavyweight tournament in China. Just a day later the WBA reacted by stating the competition wasn't authorised by themselves and suggested that Junlong's record, and career, should be questioned.
It seems that those around the “Dragon King” have suggested that much of the doubt on Junlong's record is due to the way boxing is run in China, with many of the bouts being held under what would be considered “unofficial commissions”, similar to the KPBA in Korea and the MBC in the UK and with certain individuals trying to derail the career of Junlung
Notably Junlong won the WBA Oceania Heavyweight title this past April and we suspect that they should recognise that title, especially given that one of the judges for that bout is one of the key figures behind the WBA Oceania. He was also ranked #14 by the WBA in a recent ranking update. For them to now question his record seems bizarre and the due diligence done by the WBA really needs to be questioned given the way they have ranked the Chinese Heavyweight.
Having reached out to Junlong's team we have been assured that the issue will be sorted and that it is just a case of a particular individual causing trouble in Chinese boxing and that Junlong will continue to work alongside the WBA, and that they have evidence of Junlong's previous bouts.
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