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Deontay Wilder Faces Significant Weight Disadvantage in Bout Against Zhilei Zhang


Deontay Wilder enters the fight with a disadvantage
Deontay Wilder vs. Zhilei Zhang

Deontay Wilder is stepping into the ring at a significant weight disadvantage for his upcoming bout against Zhilei Zhang. During Friday's official weigh-ins for the main event of Saturday’s Queensberry vs. Matchroom 5 vs. 5 card in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wilder tipped the scales at 214.6 pounds. In stark contrast, Zhang came in at 282.8 pounds, creating a notable 68.2-pound difference between the two fighters.


This size disparity is not unusual for Wilder, known for his power punching despite often giving up weight to his opponents. Interestingly, Zhang weighed in lighter than his previous fight, where he was at 290 pounds. Both fighters are eager to bounce back from decision losses to Joseph Parker in their respective last outings.


Wilder vs. Zhang headlines the event’s Team Matchroom (Wilder) vs. Team Queensberry (Zhang) section, which also includes exciting matchups like Filip Hrgovic (247.4) against Daniel Dubois (245.8) and WBA featherweight champion Raymond Ford (125.4) defending his title against Nick Ball (125.8).


In addition to the main tournament, the event features Dmitry Bivol (175) defending his WBA light heavyweight title against Malik Zinad (174.2), who stepped in as a late replacement for Artur Beterbiev due to a knee injury.


Queensberry vs. Matchroom 5 vs. 5 Weigh-In Results:


  • Deontay Wilder (214.6) vs. Zhilei Zhang (282.8)

  • Filip Hrgovic (247.4) vs. Daniel Dubois (245.8)

  • Dmitry Bivol (175) vs. Malik Zinad (174.2)

  • Craig Richards (174.2) vs. Willy Hutchinson (174)

  • Hamzah Sheeraz (159.6) vs. Austin Williams (159.4)

  • Raymond Ford (125.4) vs. Nick Ball (125.8)

This lineup promises an action-packed event, with Wilder and Zhang's bout drawing particular attention due to the significant weight difference. Fans are eager to see if Wilder’s power can overcome Zhang’s size advantage.

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