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Zhilei Zhang Eyeing Anthony Joshua

At 40 years old, Zhilei Zhang knows he's not getting any younger. Following a contentious loss to Filip Hrgovic last year, it seemed like Zhang's boxing career might be winding down, consigning him to the role of a stepping stone in the sport.

However, a call from Joe Joyce, fresh off a notable victory over Joseph Parker, changed Zhang's trajectory. Despite his age, Zhang delivered impressive wins against the former Olympic silver medalist, rejuvenating his career. Yet, despite these victories, Zhang still finds himself on the fringes of the boxing world.

Zhang's ultimate goal is to claim a world title, but with Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury locked in a contractually bound series of fights, Zhang must look elsewhere for opportunities to advance his career.

Considering his options, Zhang has his sights set on a bout with Anthony Joshua, a match he believes could elevate his status in the division. However, Joshua is currently focused on his upcoming fight against Otto Wallin on December 23rd.

While Zhang will be watching that fight closely, hoping for a Joshua victory to pave the way for their potential clash, he doesn't hesitate to express his confidence in facing the former unified champion.

“I’ll put him to sleep.”"

If Joshua emerges victorious, his plans include a showdown with former WBC champion Deontay Wilder in the first quarter of 2024, provided Wilder also triumphs in his upcoming bout against Joseph Parker.


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