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Hailing from Beijing, seven-foot heavyweight Taishan, has captured the imagination of boxing fans both in China and in his adopted home in California. After turning professional in 2014 and scoring two quick knockouts, the 26-year-old showed that he has what it takes to win over the distance.
Seven-foot-tall heavyweight Taishan has garnered a lot of attention for being the most imposing fighter in his division, but his three pro bouts thus far have proven that there’s substance behind the hype, as he’s undefeated thus far, getting fight fans even more excited for the 26-year-old Beijing product’s May 9 bout against Karinn Davis. Born in Lanzhou, Taishan did play a year of basketball back home, but the ambitions of the former kickboxer and university wrestling champion were clear once he put the gloves on: he left the hardwood behind in order to win titles in boxing, mixed martial arts, and K-1 kickboxing. A win over longtime MMA and K-1 star Bob Sapp got him on his way, but once he came to the United States with his wife and daughter in 2013, he was all-in for one particular form of combat sports – boxing. By July of 2014 he was making his pro debut with a second-round TKO of Alex Rozman, and after his first-round KO over Tommy Washington Jr. in November of last year, he kicked off 2015 with an impressive decision victory over Roy McCrary. Now it’s off to Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas to face Michigan’s Davis in a four-round matchup.