D&D Global, a newly-formed partnership between Dino Duva and Richard Davimos, announced today that boxing Hall of Famer Lou Duva (Dino’s father), and his team of trainers, including amateur specialists Al Mitchell and Charles Mooney, are training renowned Chinese super heavyweight Zhang Zhilei in his preparation for international competition. Zheili, the Olympic silver-medalist in the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, fights under the auspices of the Chinese Boxing Federation. Zhilei began training on August 6 in Pennsylvania at Fernwood in the Poconos, and will continue the camp through August 23.
This training camp is the first step of a recently agree upon long-term cooperation agreement between the Chinese Boxing Federation, D&D Global, and Lou Duva and his team. Many more boxers from the Chinese National Team and China and the U.S. group’s training team will be holding additional training camps in the future both in China and in the United States.
“This training agreement and many other facets of boxing in China are part of a broad comprehensive agreement in the interest of enhancing the talent level of Chinese Boxing and the developing the sport of boxing in to worldwide prominence,” said Dino Duva.
There will be a myriad of additional projects regarding D&D Global and Chinese sports will be announced at a later date, according to Duva and Davimos. “This is the beginning of a partnership with the China Sports Administration,” said Davimos, “with intention of commercializing sports and leisure to the highest level in China.”
“It’s an honor that the Chinese Boxing Federation has entrusted me with its premiere boxers in this training cooperation program,” said Lou Duva. “Working with all of the Chinese fighters is an incredible and exciting opportunity.”
Zhilei, a 26-year-old Super Heavyweight, stands 6-7 and weighs in at 260 pounds. During his camp in America, he is accompanied by his Chinese coach, Mr. Gu Jinhua, and his doctor, Dr. Cui Xindong. Mr. Zhano Feng will serve as interpreter. Zhilei was one of four Chinese fighters to medal in the Beijing Olympics. Two gold medal winners – light flyweight Zou Shiming and light heavyweight Zhang Xiaoping – and bronze medalist welterweight Hanati Silamu teamed with Zhilei for the brilliant Chinese medal-winning performances last year.
“The Chinese boxers are obviously a very well-trained, skilled and talented group,” said Dino Duva. “My father and his team are being added to enhance an already well-conditioned arsenal of fighters.”
“Our first step with the heavyweight will be to improve on his skill level, which is already high,” said Duva. “Our goal is to increase t he talent level of boxing in China to worldwide prominence.”