China’s undefeated heavyweight Zhilei Zhang is still eager for revenge against amateur rival Anthony Johsua.
Zhang (23-0-1, 18 KOs) won an Olympic silver medal in the 2008 bouts. He was hoping to win a gold at the 2012 London bouts, but he was knocked out by Joshua. , who eventually walked away with the gold medal.
Joshua lost his WBO, IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight titles to Oleksandr Usyk in September.
There is a rematch clause, with the second contest scheduled to take place in the first quarter of 2022.
Zhang believes a fight with Joshua could fill a major stadium in China.
Both boxers are promoted by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing – which makes the fight a reality in the future.
“I would love to fight AJ in China because of our amateur background,” Zhang told Australia’s Fightmag.
“The location is there, the Bird’s Nest has 100,000, so we have it all. Beijing and Shanghai are the largest cities, the economy is very developed, and boxing in China is developing more and more. The sports fans there love boxing, they love AJ, so if we can succeed it will be huge for boxing. “
Zhang was active last month at the Hulu Theater in New York’s Madison Square Garden, as part of George Kambosos’ upset win over Teofimo Lopez.
He blew Craig Lewis away in two innings.
At 38 years old, time is running out for Zhang 6’6. He needs to move to secure the big names and a chance at world championships. Currently, he is ranked thirteenth and eighth by the IBF of the WBO.
https://www.boxingscene.com/zhilei-zhang-still-hoping-future-revenge-bout-with-anthony-joshua–162954 Zhilei Zhang still hopes for future revenge against Anthony Joshua