Enter The Dragon! China’s Strange Heavyweight Dragon King, 17-0 Jun Long Zhang

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

 

At the ripe young age of 35, Jun Long Zhang, 17-0 with 17 knockouts, Qingdao, China, has won five consecutive World Boxing Association Oceania Heavyweight regional title bouts. The Chinese have been accused of fraud in his bouts, primarily because Chinese sanctioned bouts in mainland China are relatively new and are obscure in their reporting methods.

 

Actually, Zhang’s 17-0 record is legitimate. All of Zhang’s bouts have been held in mainland China against imported mediocre opponents. Thus far, Zhang remains untested. What makes the ‘Dragon King’ interesting is the possibility of a Chinese heavyweight challenging a Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua or Joseph Parker for the world heavyweight title.

 

At 6’3” and 282 pounds, Zhang will have to weigh in substantially less to have any chance against a main event heavyweight. The man is a beast, a dragon waiting to pounce. Much like the ‘Enter The Dragon’ movie which Bruce Lee starred in over 40 years ago, Zhang is the heavyweight version of a dragon, if is there is such a thing to be found. Chinese fighters are an odd oddity edition to the boxing game. It is sort of like Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

 

The day may come soon when a Chinese heavyweight may challenge for the world heavyweight title. Whoever it is will have billions of fans watching on pay-per-view. The ‘Dragon King’ is marketable, but at age 35, they better not wait too much longer to sell the fight. Zhang’s most recent bout, a second round knockout of 30-3 Pedro Otas of Brazil, who is really a cruiserweight, is not turning heads in the direction of the’Dragon King’.

 

 

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Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at robertbrizel@realcombatmedia.com.