Chinese Heavyweight Who Braves Pro Boxing Journey in America by Pan Liao
Zhang Zhilei, a Chinese heavyweight boxer who claimed the men's super heavyweight (+91kg) silver medal at the Beijing Olympic Games and bronze medals at world championships, made his professional boxing debut in the United States in 2014. In November 2021, Zhang was ranked ninth by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) in its heavyweight rankings. He is currently the only Chinese heavyweight pro boxer in America. As a reporter, I have had the chance to capture a few moments of Zhang, aka ‘Big Bang’, and recorded his training, competitions and daily life.