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Duva and the Lanes Unveil Chinese Heavyweight Zhang

BY Michael Woods ON March 10, 2014
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It was good to see boxing lifer Dino Duva back in a familiar context, talking about one of his future stars today in NYC. Duva has been off my radar the last couple of years, since his guy Sam Peter petered out, and his champ Ola Afolabi dropped a belt. But he hasn't been detoxed from the fight game; no sir, Duva has been busy planning the replenishment of his stable. This time around, Nigeria and the UK are out, and China is in. Duva, along with the Brothers Lane, Terry and Tommy, showed off their Olympic heavyweight, 6-6 lefty Zhang Zhilei today at Tao restaurant in NYC. Duva didn't proclaim him a current superstar, but said that within two years he should be a contender. Also, he thinks he has more upside than the Top Rank talent Zou Shiming, and has a style that well in the pros, he said.

We can expect a May or June debut, the veteran promoter told me. Also, read into this what you well, but HBO boxing boss Ken Hershamn popped in to the gathering, to wish Duva, the Lanes and big Zhang well. Read into that what you will...

Check out this release which went out today, synopsizing the signing and the event.

New York, March 10—A new “Dynasty” dawns today! Prominent boxing promoter Dino Duva has announced the launch of Dynasty Boxing, his latest promotional venture. Duva will be joined by the brothers Tommy and Terry Lane – sons of Hall of Fame referee Mills Lane – as partners in the enterprise.

Zhang Zhilei, the Chinese Super Heavyweight who captured the Olympic Silver Medal in Beijing in 2008, will be the first fighter to be promoted by Dynasty as the six-foot-six, highly-regarded prospect blasts off into the professional ranks.

For Duva, it has been a long journey of four years, hundreds of flights, and thousands of miles traveling between his New Jersey home base and China to cultivate the relationships with the Chinese Boxing Federation.

Dynasty Boxing will announce additional signings in the coming weeks.

Duva, the son of Hall of Fame trainer/manager Lou Duva, has specialized in promoting heavyweight boxers and champions, including Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Michael Moorer, George Foreman, Samuel Peter, Riddick Bowe, and Kirk Johnson at various junctures in their careers.

For the brothers Lane, it is a long-awaited opportunity to take the next step as promoters, after years of watching their beloved father officiate major championship fights throughout the country, followed by their initial success venture, Nevada-based “Let’s Get It On” Promotions.

“It’s a sincere pleasure to get back into the promotion business, especially with these unique and special Chinese boxers being a major part of it,” said Duva. “Of course, we will be looking to promote other great boxers from across the country and world as we go forward. But our major focus right now will be developing the Chinese boxers and market.

I can't think of a better way to kick it all off than with the announcement of the signing of this very special "big guy," Zhang Zhilei,” added Duva. “He has the whole package – size, athleticism, good looks, and great personality. And one other thing: he knows how to fight! He has more of a pro style than Olympic style. Mark my words, once boxing fans get a chance to see him, he will be the talk of the heavyweight division and all of boxing! I believe he is going to be the most important heavyweight to come along since the Klitschkos turned pro in 1996.

“The Lanes and Duvas are long-time family friends, and couldn’t be happier doing business with first-class gentlemen who have great knowledge of the fight game,” wrapped up Duva.

Said the Lane Brothers: “We are extremely excited about this venture. The Chinese boxers like Zhang Zhilei are trailblazers. There’s no doubt that they will bring great pride to their country and provinces, and help bring big-time boxing to millions of people. We’re also very excited to partner with Dino Duva on what we think will be an historic venture."

(from left to right in Teddy Blackburn picture, great to see you, it's been too long Teddy! Kurt Li, Terry Lane, Zhang, Duva, Tommy Lane)

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Comment on this article

brownsugar says:

It's Asian time ba bee...oh wait that's RG's line.
Look out WK... he's right across the border.

Radam G says:

Wow! My jive didn't stick. This heavy is not slick. I hollered about him in 2008. Why is he coming out so late? He was initially with Don King. But somewhere down the line, DK became a ding-a-ling.

I'm no longer certain about what Zhang can do. Six years of inactivity is forever. That move was not clever. Family Diva has something up the sleeve. And trying to find out what it is, is my pet peeve. Holla!

deepwater2 says:

Hey I was in the ring against the man on the right. The east is making a move into the market .Kipling had a poem that is appropriate .

And the end of the fight
Is a tombstone white
With the name of the late deceased
And the epitaph drear: "A fool lies here
who tried to hustle the East."

brownsugar says:

Kipling sure knew his sweet and sour sauce.


If RG says there has been a six period of inactivity it doesn't look good.. hopefully Zhang was keeping busy sparring.

Radam G says:

@D2, Don King must have read that Kipling's poem, because he beat feet away from Zhang back almost six years ago after the 2008 O-Games.

DK also had signed a Nigerian-Chinese from China. I wonder what happened to him. DK even wanted basketballer Dennis Rodman's Filipino brother to be a part DKP's snatch of Asian heavyweight boxers.

Rodman's pops has being residing in P-Islands for over 30 year and has about 28 kids. About 13 of them over 6-foot-3 inches, 230-pound+ boys. Holla!

The Good Doctor says:

I hope this dude is better now than when he fought Anthony Joshua. Joshua housed him. I will give him a small pass though because it was obvious he was getting by on raw talent rather than any skill. Hopefully he can hook up with some good minds and they can refine his style some.

dino da vinci says:

Good Doctor. A great trainer can make all the difference in the world. The true unsung heroes of the fight game.

Carmine Cas says:

Good Doctor. A great trainer can make all the difference in the world. The true unsung heroes of the fight game.


Nicely put

Carmine Cas says:

Good Doctor. A great trainer can make all the difference in the world. The true unsung heroes of the fight game.


Nicely put

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