Taishan Dong or Zhang Junlong? China's top heavyweight may surprise youWritten by Leroy Cleveland
Last weekend on the Canelo vs Kirkland undercard, 7'0" Chinese monster Taishan Dong (4-0, 2 KO) won a majority decision over Jamal Woods (then 6-18-3) who gave a spirited effort.
The win wasn't what most were expecting as Dong failed to overwhelm a presumably overmatched opponent.
“I was actually pleasantly surprised. First of all, I’m glad he didn’t get knocked out. He showed me he has a good chin. He took some really good punches,” stated Golden Boy Promotion's founder Oscar De La Hoya told BoxingScene.
“He has four fights. He showed that he’s learning. He showed that he’s serious about boxing. He threw combinations. He threw more punches. He was actually impressive, considering he has four fights."
“We’re going to develop him."
For obvious reasons, Dong is undoubtedly one of the sport's most intriguing figures. He's nearly 7'0" tall as well as well-muscled, strong, spry and athletic.
...And he's Chinese; a rarity in boxing.
But despite all of the press the 26 year old Dong is receiving, he's not the only Chinese professional heavyweight nor is he ranked the highest.
Zhang Junlong, a 6'3½, undefeated 34 year old from Qingdao, is BoxRec's highest ranked Chinese heavyweight; and for good reason.
Sporting a record of 10-0, with 10 knockouts, Junlong last fought in November, knocking out experienced journeyman Jason Gavern (then 26-17-4) in Round 3.
Is Junlong the Sleeping Giant's 'Sleeping Giant?'
Take a look at the video below. Despite his chubby frame, Junlong appears to possess fine speed and power.
Perhaps we haven't heard much about him because he's never fought outside of China?
And perhaps Junlong, who boasts a 100 percent knockouts-to-fights ratio, is China's real heavyweight to watch?
... And maybe, he's a quality top prospect?
Will Junlong make waves in the division?