Chenglong Zhang says his decision to become a professional fighter was greatly influenced by his family line. His elder brother is a professional MuayThai fighter, his father was a boxer and his grandfather was also a martial artist.
“I was born in a small village in a suburb of Henan Province. Life was hard growing up. I followed my brother’s footstep, he's my inspiration,” he says.
“I have been training in Muay Thai since I was 13 years old and I have dedicated all my life to this sport. I respect all my opponents and because I respect them, I always try and KO them. That way, I bring out their best and that brings out my best. I hope my opponents have the same attitude.”
“I like to use my heart when I fight. Don't get me wrong, I fight smart, but I don't like to take a step back. I'm always pressing forward. I'm very confident in my skill level also. I think people will be surprised to see a Chinese fighter who has the same level as professional Thai fighter.”
Zhang says there is “nothing really much to say” about his activities outside training, largely because there aren't really any.
“I train every day and if I am not training then I am probably in the process of a fight week and waiting for the weekend, when I will fight,” he laughs.
“I like travelling though and I am glad that through this sport I get to see a much bigger world and meet with lots of interesting people.”