Tony Bellew would like after Zhang's victory over Joyce on Saturday to have one of the world's top 3 boxing names take on Zhang. He emphasized a couple of times that he likes Zhang and his behavior outside the ring, he even expressed his regret because the Chinese lost to Filip Hrgovic and now he is no longer undefeated.
Zhilei Zhang brutally knocked out Joyce in their rematch last Saturday
“He’s dangerous isn’t he? No one is going to want to touch him with a barge pole… listen, the likes of Usyk will just go, ‘What do I want him for? I’m not touching him, it doesn’t do anything for me.'
Now, this will be a little bit of a Catch-22 position because he should be an undefeated fighter. I thought he’d beat Filip Hrgovic, I really do, I like Hrgovic he’s a good fighter but I thought he lost to Zhang but he just didn’t get it," Bellew explained to Talk Sport.
“Now, if Zhang was an undefeated fighter, it’s a more attractive opposition to the other heavyweights out there because they’d be like, ‘I want to put a dent in him and be the first to beat him’.
Because he’s now got a loss on his record, even though it’s not a proper loss, fighters will go, ‘Well listen if I beat him, everyone will say it’s because I’m supposed to, Hrgovic has already beaten him’.
So he’s not an attractive option." as quoted by BoxingScene
Zhilei Zhang has expressed his desire to fight Irish star Tyson Fury. We remind you that Fury has a match against former UFC champion Francis Ngannou on October 28 in Saudi Arabia.
Of course, many of us would like to see that match, but is the Chinese interesting enough for Tyson Fury? In the end, Bellew said that he is sure of Tyson Fury's victory if the fight were to take place. “I think Tyson Fury would beat him hands down, I think Fury beats almost everyone in the world barring Usyk.
I just think Fury is so good but at the same time, there’s nothing to win by facing Zhang. He’s not a world champion, he’s not undefeated and he’s super dangerous," Bellew said. “He can wallop with either hand.
It’s just not someone you take on, I’m talking from a boxing business perspective, I’m not talking as a boxing fan. As a boxing fan, a great fight would be Zhang against [Anthony] Joshua, that would be brilliant”.
• Zhilei Zhang believes Tyson Fury is not the same anymore• John Fury acknowledges Tyson Fury's decline and highlights areas for improvement• Mike Tyson gives predictions for Oleksandr Usyk vs Tyson Fury• Frank Warren predicts a rematch between Francis Ngannou and Tyson Fury• Frank Warren confident about Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou rematch• Andre Ward was surprised by the Francis Ngannou and Tyson Fury fight