Zhang Zhilei

BIG BANG

BOXER: ZHANG ZHILEI

NICKNAME: BIG BANG

DIVISION: HEAVYWEIGHT

DATE OF BIRTH: MAY 2, 1983

STANCE: SOUTHPAW

HOMETOWN: ZHENGZHOU, HENAN, CHINA

RECORD: 18-0 (14 KOs)

PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS:

  • On January 21, 2017, Zhilei claimed the WBO Oriental Heavyweight Title via a first-round knockout over Peter Graham.
  • Zhilei is a two-time Olympian, having represented China in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics. He won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics and lost a heartbreaker to Britain’s Anthony Joshua in the second round of the 2012 Olympics.
  • Zhilei made his professional debut on August 8, 2014 on ESPN, when he knocked out Curtis Lee Tate in 17 seconds.
  • Zhilei snagged two consecutive gold medals at the China National Games.
  • At the 2007 World Championships, Zhilei defeated the trio of Nurpais Torobekov, Rustam Rygebayev and Daniel Beahan en route to clinching a bronze medal in the competition.

AWARDS:

  • WBO Oriental Heavyweight Title (2017)
  • Gold Medalist – Asian Amateur Boxing Championships (2009)
  • Silver Medalist – 2008 Olympic Games (2008)
  • Bronze Medalist – World Championships (2007)
  • Silver Medalist – Asian Amateur Boxing Championships (2007)
  • Bronze Medalist – World Championships (2007)

OUT OF THE RING HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Before Zhilei considered boxing, he had dreams of becoming a professional canoe sprinter. But after gaining too much weight to pilot a racing canoe as a 14-year-old, he ultimately tried his hand at boxing and never looked back.
  • Growing up, Zhilei idolized Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson.
  • Zhilei lives and trains in Bloomfield, N.J., but enjoys attending the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Queens, New York.
  • To pursue his dream of becoming the first-ever professional Chinese Heavyweight champion, Zhilei forfeited his Chinese national amateur status and broke from government dependency.

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