They call Taishan Dong “The Great Wall”. At seven feet tall, he is an absolute monster and surely a fearsome sight in the ring for any other heavyweight boxer. Just last Friday, American Lance Gauch found out the hard way what it is like to be on the receiving end of the menacing fist of the giant Chinaman. Dong moved his professional record to 5-0 with the win – a win that the American will probably not remember too much about.
To be fair to Gauch, it appeared a mismatch all along, giving up more than 30 centimetres, or 12 inches, in height difference. Gauch did his best to avoid carnage from the big guy’s fists for most of the first round, but what was perhaps inevitable came thirty seconds before the bell to end the opening round was due.
Reports said that the referee of the fight, Ray Corona, didn’t bother with a count, and called the fight off immediately. Interestingly, some reports suggested that Gauch, whose record stands at 5-9-2, was actually winning the round up to the point of the almighty punch.
There was some concern following the knockout as it appears that Gauch was in some serious trouble. It was not only a knockout in boxing terms, but a literal knockout which saw the American lay prone on the floor for about ten minutes before being taken to by a stretcher to hospital.
It was a scary but awesome display of the damage “The Great Wall of China” is capable of. At 130kg, or 286 pounds, Dong is a monster from the Gansu province. However, he has relocated to the United States to further his boxing career, and has become a part of Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions since giving them his signature last year. Although playing a strategic game with who Dong is pitted against, Golden Boy believes him to be a legitimate heavyweight contender.
“Mr De La Hoya wanted to open the Chinese market because he believes in me,” Dong told Fox Sports earlier this year. “He knows I can become a champ”.
Dong is often compared to his countryman, Yao Ming – often referred to as the Yao Ming of boxing. Both men are huge. With his professional record now at 5-0, Dong’s first two bouts were both knockout followed by another two which went the distance. During the latest short fight, his opponent Gauch did look incredibly underprepared to meet someone like Dong.
Perhaps predictably due to his height, Dong is said to have initially entertained ideas of becoming a basketballer, before attempting kickboxing, to eventually settle on boxing. Those in the know say he has considerable hand speed and athleticism for a man of his size, although nobody got the chance to witness much of that during the latest fight.
“Nowadays I am more patient and can overcome any challenges that arise during the fight. I will give the best of myself. I will try to understand my opponent’s strategy from the beginning and therefore defeat him,” he said in an interview with Fox Sports. “My maximum potential has not been revealed yet. That is why I train hard, in order to become a world champion”.
Pop-culture licensed toy company Funko debuted the Manny Pacquiao collectible toy. The limited-edition figure is a mini Pacman dressed in his boxing apparel and gloves, “PACQUIAO” branded shorts, shoes and all, while sporting the red and white colors of the Filipino flag. The Funko Manny Pacquiao toy is available at all BAIT locations, as well as for pre-order on BAIT.
HBO has premiered the first of its two-part Mayweather/Pacquiao: At Last series. In the mini-documentary, HBO profiles its respective fighter in the mega-bout, Manny Pacquiao, as his May 2 showdown nears.
The first episode’s time frame spans as early as 2003, when Pacquiao’s boxing ascent was first recognized, to the superfight’s focal issues around negotiations. Once again, HBO’s beautiful production shines through in what is perhaps an Emmy-contending feature. Cameo appearances also occur from Mark Wahlberg and Robert Duvall, both in support of Pacquiao as he prepares to defeat his rival Mayweather.
Enjoy the episode above to get yourself prepared for the fight of our generation.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao have finally agreed to fight inside the ring. Following many years of ducking each other, the matchup between these two pound-for-pound kings still seems too good to be true. Yesterday, the two fighters met for a press conference promoting the May 2 showdown, reassuring fans the matchup is official. The press conference presented the last opportunity for the two fighters to trade verbal jabs until the weigh-ins, as the two will be doing very limited joint publicity to promote the colossal bout. Although the presser was quite tame in comparison to Mayweather’s past promotion antics and opponent-taunting, it did offer some notable moments, including the attendance of pop singer Justin Bieber.
Enjoy the event in its entirety in the video above, supplied by Showtime.
Beats by Dre is back in the boxing game. This Saturday night in Macau, fans could welcome the first Chinese IBF Flyweight world champion- Zou Shiming. Some may not recognize his name, but he has already won two consecutive gold medals for China.
Zou Shiming’s success is not guaranteed as he faces a fierce competitor in Thailand’s Amnat Ruenroeng. With legendary manager Freddie Roach in his corner, Zou Shiming looks to put Chinese boxing on the map.
Check out Zou Shiming in his second Beats By Dre produced spot entitled Relentless. Backed by the sounds of Royal Blood’s ‘Figure it out’, the video features Zou Shiming in a serious workout. Music and intense motion made possible by Powerbeats2 Wireless. `