Taishan Dong picked up the third professional victory of his boxing career Friday night in Indio, California, beating Roy McCrary by unanimous decision.
The judges scored it 40-34, 40-34 and 39-35, per Douglass Fischer of RingTV.com:
McCrary didn't stand much of a chance from the get-go. Fox Sports 1 provided the tale of the tape, and it didn't paint an encouraging picture for the 42-year-old:
Taishan owned the advantage for much of the first round despite leaving himself open quite a bit defensively. McCrary had several chances to do some damage, but his lack of punch speed let him down; he couldn't land anything substantial.
In the second round, Taishan sent McCrary to the canvas for the first time in the fight. After taking a right cross flush in the face, McCrary fell to one knee before quickly recovering and attempting to atone for his mistake.
Taishan got another knockdown in the third round. McCrary looked like he might have lost his footing as Taishan's right cross didn't connect perfectly.
Little changed in the fourth, as Taishan continued to exert his advantage on the overmatched McCrary. It was clear in the final round that nothing short of a knockout would give McCrary the win, and when that didn't happen, the outcome was obvious.
The fight itself wasn't the most aesthetically pleasing for the eyes. Morgan Campbell of the Toronto Sun was particularly critical:
Taishan is noteworthy mostly for his massive size. According to Boxrec, he stands at 7'0" and boasts a reach of 84 inches. Bleacher Report Studios profiled the 26-year-old—labeled by some as a real-life Ivan Drago—as he prepared for Friday night's bout.
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Taishan originally started out as a basketball player before getting into kickboxing. Then he made the jump to boxing, which he feels is a much easier sport to grasp.
"The transition wasn't really hard," he said before the fight, per Fox Sports' Marcelo Furlan. "Nowadays I have to concentrate on fewer things, since I only have to apply punches and protect the upper part of my body."
Friday's fight was evidence of just how raw Taishan is in the ring. Because of his size, he sacrifices a bit in terms agility and quickness, even if he is surprisingly agile for a 7-footer.
Against a better opponent than McCrary, Taishan would've been in serious trouble Friday.
With that said, it's not hard to see why Golden Boy Promotions would take a chance on "The Great Wall." If he can refine his skills somewhat and really harness his impressive power, Taishan could become more than just a novelty act.
Most won't be impressed with his victory Friday, but it was a necessary step as he moves his boxing career forward.