Wilder Vows Return To Form Against Zhang

Deontay Wilder has vowed to return to his best against Zhilei Zhang.

The heavyweights square off on June 1, with both fighters looking to bounce back from their losses to Joseph Parker. Wilder lost a unanimous decision, winning only one round on the scorecards. His tactics were criticized, as he chose to fight on the outside.

This was a departure from Wilder’s usual attacking style with his jab and right hand, which had taken him to 43 wins, 42 of which were knockouts. Zhang will be no pushover. The 41-year-old is an experienced operator. He stopped Joe Joyce twice before his loss to Parker.

But even in the Parker defeat, Zhang showed how dangerous he can be. He dropped Parker twice, before the latter outboxed him in the other rounds. Wilder’s performance suggested he lost his killer instinct following his trainer, Malik Scott’s comments about the boxer’s ayahuasca usage. Now, Wilder has promised to come back stronger. 

“They [media and authorities] said how I wasn’t so good for boxing because I wanted a body on my record. But now you get these people, the Saudis, involved and they said, ‘We want that monster back, we want that killer back, we want the man who speaks like that’.

“And when you have people like that who appreciate you for what that is, it makes you want to change back quickly. I’ve got the green light that I can be that and not be judged. I can be that and not be crucified “When I did it earlier everybody crucified me, stuck me with thorns and stabbed me,” Wilder said

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