The explosive heavyweight boxer Zhilei Zhang has become a lot more popular after his last two matches against Joe Joyce. Zhilei Zhang knocked out Joe Joyce not once but twice within the span of 4-5 months. Zhang has proved himself as a high level fighter on various occasions; he wants the opportunity to be a part of a massive event.
Zhang has etched a name into his subconscious: Tyson Fury. Zhilei Zhang wants Tyson Fury, and after the recent performances, chances are high for him to fulfil his desire to face the gypsy king. Other heavyweight contenders are also being considered to have a match with Zhilei Zhang, Anthony Joshua being one of them.
Boxing promoter Frank Warren believes Zhilei Zhang has what it takes to beat Anthony Joshua but says it would be unlikely for AJ or his team to entertain a match with Zhilei Zhang. Anthony Joshua may fight Deontay Wilder next in 2024, nothing concrete has been disclosed yet but it's still a possbility.
Frank Warren on Zhilei Zhang vs Anthony Joshua
In a recent interview with Talksport, Frank Warren shared his thoughts on a possible fight between Anthony Joshua and Zhilei Zhang. "Zhang has announced his arrival on the world stage,” Warren said, as quoted by talksport.com. "He's in the top four heavyweights in the world, that was a magnificent knockout, he boxed extremely well the fight before against a very tough and able and unbeaten opponent in Joe Joyce, so he's there now and he's got a seat at the table," Warren further said: "Him against Joshua is a no-brainer, but I don't think they'll risk the fight against Zhang.
He's got a good chin, he's taken a couple of good shots in fights, but more importantly he can bang. And I know that if he catches Joshua with one of them it will be lights out, there's no doubt about that."