Zhilei Zhang wants Anthony Joshua next: “It’s going to be explosive”

Zhilei Zhang explains why he wants Anthony Joshua next.

by Aryan Lakhani
Zhilei Zhang wants Anthony Joshua next: “It’s going to be explosive”
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The rising heavyweight boxer Zhilei Zhang eagerly wants an opportunity to share the ring with a well-known opponent. He has one name in mind, and it is none other than Anthony Joshua! Zhilei Zhang believes the fight between him and AJ makes sense from every aspect, and there is no reason convincing enough not to make it happen.

Anthony Joshua made it very clear that he will level up his game in 2024 and looks forward to being part of massive events like championship bouts. Zhilei Zhang vs Anthony Joshua could be marked as one of the most interesting matchups in the history of boxing.

Zhilei Zhang on fighting Anthony Joshua

In a recent interview with FightHype, Zhilei Zhang shared his thoughts on fighting Anthony Joshua and explained why it makes sense. “I’d like to go after Joshua because he’s probably looking at [Filip] Hrgovic as a potential fight.

But if you look at Hrgovic’s resume,” Zhang said, as quoted by boxingnews24.com. “He was gifted a win. He beat me to become the [IBF heavyweight] mandatory challenger, and he had two pretty low-level fights to stay busy because he’s so scared to lose that position,” So, that’s what he does.

When you look at Joshua’s potential fight with Hrgovic, I just don’t think it makes that much commercial sense because if he [Joshua] comes to me, the whole of England will be watching, and the whole of China will be watching, and the whole Middle East.

Zhang further said: “Joshua’s past opponents are Usyk, southpaw, Otto Wallin, southpaw, and I think he’s really comfortable and really good at fighting southpaws, and I’m a southpaw, so, let’s get it.

Credit to Parker [for beating Deontay Wilder], but I want to get Joshua next. It’s not only going to be fireworks. It’s going to be explosive. You’re going to see dynamite because we had history, and I want to make it right”.

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