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Top 5 Heavyweights To Come Out Of Asia

Asians have traditionally been very good at fighting sports, including boxing, but the heavyweight
division has not seen that many Asian fighters. Instead, they normally dominate the lighter-weight
divisions. However, Zhang Zhilei has had some recent success, drawing some attention to Asian
When you look through the options to use a bet365 bonus code to back a boxing sport, you might well
find some Asian fighters who are worth backing.
In this guide, we’re exploring five of the top heavyweights to come out of Asia.

Zhang Zhilei
Zhilei was unfortunate to lose his unbeaten record back in 2022 on the undercard of Joshua against
, but Ring Magazine has rated him the 11th-best heavyweight and he is undeniably one of the
best heavyweights to come from Asia.
Zhilei is Chinese and won bronze medals at the 2007 and 2009 World Championships as an amateur,
as well as taking home silver in the Olympics in 2008.
He’s in his late 30s now but there is definitely still a chance for him to have a shot at a title if he has a
run of luck.

Kyotaro Fujimoto
Fujimoto has moved into MMA, where a lot of Asian fighters have seen huge success, but the
Japanese fighter had a decent boxing career at heavyweight, in spite of only being six feet tall.
Although rated as the underdog, Fujimoto defeated Chauncy Welliver in September 2012. At the time,
Welliver was ranked #15 by the WBC.
Kyotaro lost his next bout but would eventually win a major regional title when he fought Willie Nasio
for the vacant WBC – OPBF title.

Taishan Dong
Dong might be a heavyweight to watch in the coming years. He’s 34 but hasn’t boxed as a
professional for long. He has won all six of his professional fights in the USA.
Dong is an incredible 7ft and was even named after the Taishan mountain. He has a previous
affiliation with WWE, which he has now given up to focus on his boxing career.

Yushan Nijiati
Nijiati never went professional but does make our list of Asian heavyweights due to being one of the
few to achieve success. He is of Kazakh descent and won the bronze medal at the 2007 World
Championships in the 201 lb. weight division. He was beaten in the semifinal by eventual winner
Clemente Russo.
Nijiati also fought Oleksandr Usyk, the current champ, at the Olympics in 2008.

Wang Xuanxuan
Wang is another heavyweight from China. He won the bronze medal at the World Amateur Boxing
Championships way back in 2011, when he was in his 20s.
He also qualified for the Olympics in 2012 but lost his only fight to Bulgarian Tervel Pulev.

Xuanxuan is another fighter who never made it to the professional ranks of fighters, but was once
deemed a promising talent. Asia doesn’t have a huge number of heavyweights but more have shown
promise in recent years. Who knows what the future holds?

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