Junlong Zhang returns
Unbeaten Chinese heavyweight Junlong Zhang (18-0, 18KOs) will return to the ring on May 14 in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada, against Mexican Guillermo Casas (10-2-1, 6KOs), after a five-year break in his career.
Southpaw Zhang has been residing in the beautiful city of Toronto for some time, where he spent the entire pandemic, due to flight restrictions, so he was unable to return to Qingdao, China. This did not stop the 'Dragon King', as he built a gym in his home that allowed him to stay active and to continue training hard.
The fighter debuted in 2012, at the age of 31, and he has knocked out all 18 of his opponents, so he has shown powerful qualities and hopes to fulfill his dream of winning a WBC Green and Gold Belt, currently held by Brit Tyson Fury. If the pair ever fought, it would be 'The Dragon King' versus 'The Gypsy King'!
Last January, 6'3" Junlong suffered a terrible bereavement from Covid-19 of his wife Nana, who was an exemplary companion and a key player in his career. Zhang, as the warrior that he has proven to be in his life, returned to the gym and has prepared fully for this fight that he will be dedicating to his beloved Nana.
His 19th professional opponent for his first fight back in 58 months will be Mexican Guillermo Casas Celedon, who possesses six KOs from 10 victories. The 27-year-old, known as 'Totoy' from Tijuana, has won his last three fights and only been beaten twice in 13 bouts.
Zhang has previously won the WBA Oceania heavyweight title, which he defended five times, and his now in the hands of Aussie Lucas Browne, which could be a potential future fight if the former world champion can defend the belt successfully against New Zealand's Junior Fa in June. He has also won an IBO Asia Pacific, as well as little-known WBU and WBF heavyweight belts.
The WBC and its President, Mauricio Sulaimán, wished ther friend Zhang much success in his ring career.
BBN would also like to express their condolences to Junlong for his sad loss.