Standing 7ft tall, weighing almost 300lbs and sporting a chiselled physique, Taishan Dong may well be the future of the heavyweight division upon witnessing his professional debut over the summer.
At just 26, the former kickboxing champion has decided to switch codes to boxing and has already made a big impression just by his sheer presence amongst the big-punching ranks.
Taishan, whose is aptly named after a mountain, blew away Alex Rozman in two painful rounds in July, and on early evidence can be a force to reckoned with due to his immense strength and crushing punching power.
In the ilk of Nikolai Valuev but with much less meat on his bones, Taishan is mobile, has a range of punches and is an intelligent shot-picker – which should see him handily break the top 15 rankings with a major body in the next two years.
The man himself is typically humble though as he maps out the early stages of his career, but harbours the same dreams as any other fighter and hopes to one day challenge the best in the world.
“I want to become the best, so I know I must work,” Taishan told World Boxing News.
“I don’t feel any pressure because of my size and will work very hard regardless of who is watching me. I wish to fight anyone and I have no prerefence.
“I want to fight the best and prove to the world that I can compete at the highest level of boxing.”
Desipite just one fight under his belt, the Chinese star has already been tagged as a future world title holder, although the fledgling pro just wants to learn all he can about the trade to be able to fully compete.
“Right now I am not thinking about world titles as my focus at this time is training, listening to my coach and becoming the best boxer I can be,” he stated.
“I am just waiting to hear about my next fight from my promotion company Golden Boy, who are the best promotion company in the world and I am ready to fight as soon as possible.
“My ultimate a dream come true would obviously be to fight Wladimir Klitschko as he is a legend and it would be an honor to challenge the best, but right now I have to concentrate on one opponent at a time and keep winning,” added Taishan.
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Watch the video below of Taishan’s debut. Video by Fox Sports