The heavyweight boxer Zhilei Zhang like many others doesn't really respect Tyson Fury's decision to fight an MMA fighter instead of a professional boxer. Boxing fans worldwide were really looking forward to Usyk vs Fury, but due to failed negotiations, that match could never get finalized.
Interestingly, Zhilei Zhang also was also in talks for a fight with Tyson Fury.Zhang is pretty confident that a fight with Fury will happen in the future, and it is doubtlessly a spectacular match up that all fans would love to see.
Both fighters have found an opponent for themselves, Tyson Fury will be fighting against the former UFC champion Francis Ngannou on the 28th of October, and Zhilei Zhang will be having a rematch with Joe Joyce this 23rd of September – the WBO interim heavyweight belt will be on the line, and it will be interesting to see if Zhilei Zhang can defend his hard-earned belt.
Zhilei Zhang's thoughts on Tyson Fury
In a recent interview with Standard Sports, Zhilei Zhang shared his thoughts on Tyson Fury's decision to fight Francis Ngannou and had bitter things to say about him. "My team were in conversations with Tyson Fury's team, we were very close to making that fight before the rematch clause was activated," Zhang said as quoted by dailymail.co.uk. "I believe that fight is going to happen, one way or another.
Zhang further said: When you look at Tyson Fury - he avoided Joshua, he avoided Usyk. He chose to fight somebody who has never been in the ring before. [Ngannou] is a novice, he's just turning pro. Yes he's a UFC champion and I have respect for him, but when it comes to the ring it's a different story. 'So Tyson Fury I think is a disgrace to the sport of boxing. Shame on him".
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