Zhang stuns Romanov in WBA eliminator

Big shocker in a WBA bridgerweight eliminator on Saturday night at the KRK “Uralets” Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Unbeaten WBA #2 Evgeny Romanov dropped WBA #3 Zhaoxin Zhang in round one and continued to batter him in round two until suddenly, out of nowhere, Zhang floored Romanov face first with a right/left/right combination. Romanov tried to get up but was out of it. Zhang moves to 12-2-1, 7 KOs, while Romanov falls to 19-1, 12 KOs. What a turnaround!

In other action, WBA #14 lightweight Zaur Abdullaev (19-1, 11 KOs) outpointed former WBA super featherweight champion Roger “The Kid” Gutierrez (27-6-1, 21 KOs) over ten rounds.

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  • I probably owe Zhang an apology for calling him Walmart bargain bin Zhang and saying they should stop the fight right before he went and did that. What a truly ridiculous fight this was.

  • Zhaoxin Zhang continues to portray the necessary intangibles in each fight. He is a joyful feature to Boxiana thus far.

  • It got a little crazy, at least for Romanov.

    It was almost like he was surprised that Zhang suddenly fought back. Sometimes offense is the best defense.

    But, I don’t know. Was is that strange?

    It looked a bit like that the bulldoozing from Romanov took the best out of himself. He run out of steam, was breathing heavily, strolled after Zhang, tried to land a bomb or two, with a sloppy guard, didn’t move his head or upperbody.

    I mean, you shouldn´t be surprised if you get hit yourself.

    But hats off for Zhang who managed to get himself together and counterattack under difficult conditions.

  • This was a barn-burner. Tremendous heart on full display by Zhang. I thought it was over for Zhang, but he ate some bombs and kept trucking forward, setting himself up a 2 piece off the ropes once he recovered.

    This will set him up for his next assignment and more heads will be watching.

  • That was a hell of a turnaround.

    Anyone know if he is related to Zhilei?

    Google search was not very helpful.

    • No, as far as I know they r not related. The family name comes first in Chinese.

      And Zhang doesn’t rhyme with bang in Chinese. The “big bang” nickname was the invention of an American promoter. In Chinese Zhang sounds more like “john”.

  • I’ve watched the KO again and Zhang landed about 4 solid blows BEHIND the head before the concluding punches. There should be a rematch.

    • Colson, watched the fight, counted 4 blows in succession behind the head yes. And those were the only blows of any significance Zhang landed. Must make a person wonder. Would be interesting what the Romanov says.

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