In the most high-profile fight of his career to date, monster heavyweight prospect Taishan Dong of China improved to 4-0 against Jamal Woods on the Saul Alvarez-James Kirkland undercard at Minute Maid Stadium in Houston. It’s unusual for a four-round fighter with less than five professional bouts to get the kind of attention Dong is receiving.
But Dong is hardly your standard-issue heavyweight prospect. A well-proportioned and chiseled 7-footer, Dong is anxious to become the mainstream star who helps bring professional boxing to the forefront in the massive Chinese market.
And the hunger for the next larger-than-life star at heavyweight is always strong. So anytime an attention-grabbing prospect like Dong emerges, it’s inevitable that people take note.
Unfortunately, the story out of Houston Saturday night will hardly keep Dong’s momentum surging forward. Facing an opponent with a 6-18-3 record, Dong struggled, coming away with a majority decision.