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  • 16 Jul
    导出博客文章PATERSON, N.J. -- The small, non-air-conditioned boxing room was filled with
    steamy air and body odor as a grunting, 6-foot-6 figure ruthlessly rained down
    punishing punches on a heavy bag.Tucked into an abandoned factory building in
    Paterson, New Jersey, Chinese heavyweight boxer Zhang Zhilei trained and
    prepared for his next bout, surrounded by decades-old posters and a washed-out
    red carpet.After retiring from amateur boxing, Zhang -- a super heavyweight
    silver medalist at the Beijing Olympics -- went pro in 2014 by signing a
    four-year contract with New Jersey-based American boxing promoter Dino Duva.
    Since then, Zhang has snatched a 12-0 record with eight knockouts -- including
    Fridays eight-round heavyweight victory over Georgian boxer Gogita Gorgiladze in
    Wenzhou, an eastern Chinese city.Give me one more year, two at most, and I will
    become somebody, Zhang told ESPN in early September.Life as a professional boxer
    is defined by discipline, featuring different types of conditioning and strength
    workouts six days each week -- jumping rope, lifting, movements, punching and
    pair practicing.On training days, Zhang would begin his day with a 6-mile
    morning run at a park in Bloomfield, New Jersey. The rest of his daily routine
    consists of eating, working out and resting, all of which are way too familiar
    to the 33-year-old who has been a professional athlete since his early teens.In
    fact, the challenging part of Zhangs life as a professional boxer is how to
    self-finance his training while living in the United States. He pays $50 a month
    to use the boxing club, including between $100 and $200 each time for pair
    training, on top of everything else, including rent and transportation.Im
    getting used to it, Zhang said. The training is actually the same as I had in
    China.I didnt bring my wife and kids [to the U.S.]. They will distract me
    here.Back in his apartment, Zhang enjoys two distractions: cooking and making
    tea. As part of his strict diet plan, he eats only two meals each day, with
    plenty of fruits. When he is making tea -- normally his favorite, Longjing -- he
    follows the ritual of a tea ceremony, from which he says he has gained
    inspirations for the ring.Take one step at a time, he said. There is no quick
    success.Boxing is rarely discussed around the tea table. Instead, Zhang likes to
    open up about his sons homework, baseball games and finding the most authentic
    Chinese food in New Jersey.Duva shares a very similar mindset when it comes to
    scheduling the games, as he wants Zhang to be patient and focus on training
    first.Zhang Zhilei, Meng Fanlong and Wang Zhimin have made significant progress
    in the professional ranks since coming over to the U.S., Duva said, referring to
    Zhang and other Chinese boxers training in America. It took them a while to get
    used to the pro training and match structure, but now I believe they are without
    a doubt the best Chinese professional boxers. Their hard work and dedication is
    paying off, and they all are well on their way to fighting and becoming world
    champions as professional boxers.Said Zhang, I am one of the first to enter
    professional boxing. If the boxing world is still talking about me years later
    as a good fighter from China, I will be more than satisfied.
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    lowered his shoulder into a practice squad player, causing a crisp thud to
    reverberate in the Miami Dolphins practice bubble. Most college football players
    are winding down their season in mid-December, but Tanner Mangum is just
    starting his campaign.The sophomore is back as Brigham Youngs starting
    quarterback after senior Taysom Hill was lost with a left elbow injury in the
    regular-season finale. Hills misfortune places Mangum squarely into the action
    when the Cougars face Wyoming in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego on Wednesday
    (9 p.m. ET, ESPN).It was another injury to Hill that opened the door for Mangum
    to be a starter in 2015 and he was more than up to the task. Mangum passed for
    3,337 yards and 23 touchdowns -- both school records for a freshman -- and
    developed cult status by throwing winning last-minute touchdown passes in both
    his first appearance (against Nebraska) and first start (Boise State).Yet
    despite the solid campaign, Mangum found himself watching from the sidelines
    this season after Hill regained his starting job in a tightly contested
    competition.It was a test for me to keep that long-term perspective, Mangum
    recently told reporters. While youre going through that, it can be tough to see
    that. It can be tough as a competitor wanting to compete. But you have to learn
    how to be a teammate and learn how to support your teammates and be there for
    them through the ups and the downs.Mangum tossed only 18 passes this season --
    completing 14 -- so there is the matter of shaking off the rust.He said he
    doesnt foresee that to be an issue as the Cougars (8-4) have had ample time to
    prepare for the Cowboys (8-5).I feel good. I feel confident, Mangum said. Itll
    also be good to have a couple weeks of practice to get all the reps, be able to
    sharpen up and get polished before the game. Im feeling strong, confident and
    healthy.The Cougars are feeling good about themselves in general as they enter
    the contest with four straight victories and seven of their past eight
    games.They will see a familiar sight in Wyoming, a program that was always in
    the same conference as the Cougars from 1922-2010 before BYU departed the
    Mountain West to become an independent.It will be the 78th all-time meeting --
    BYU leads 44-30-3 -- and the Cowboys are learning that their fan base would
    relish a victory over their former conference rivals.ddddddddddddObviously, we
    know it is a very good opponent, senior center Chase Roullier said. You can see
    that in film and through the record as well. You hear about the history between
    these two teams, whether it be teammates from Wyoming that seen it in the past
    or just things that you read.... We understand the importance of who this
    opponent is. But when it comes down to it, it is just another opponent for us
    that is in our way and we need to take them down.Wyoming is playing in a bowl
    game for the first time since 2011 and is a revitalized program under third-year
    coach Craig Bohl.Sophomore quarterback Josh Allen passed for 2,996 yards and 26
    touchdowns -- he was intercepted 13 times -- but the player who makes the
    offense go is junior running back Brian Hill.Hill ranks fourth in the nation
    with 1,767 rushing yards and 21 rushing touchdowns and could be playing in his
    final game for the school. He is considering applying for the NFL draft but wont
    make a decision until after the bowl game.Anything that has to do with it, it
    gets pushed back to someone else, Hill told reporters. Agents contacting me, I
    sent them to my mom. I just dont feel like its fair to focus on the future while
    I have business to take care of here right now.BYU has a solid running back of
    its own in senior Jamaal Williams, who rushed for 1,165 yards and 11 touchdowns.
    Williams rushed for 131 yards in the regular-season finale against Utah State
    after missing three of the previous four games with an ankle injury.The Cougars
    defense is led by senior safety Kai Nacua, who has five interceptions this
    season and 13 in his career. Senior outside linebacker Sae Tautu posted a
    team-best six sacks.Sophomore free safety Andrew Wingard heads the Cowboys
    defense and recorded a team-high 128 tackles. ' ' '