Zhang Plans To Send Wilder Into Retirement

Zhilei Zhang is looking to retire Deontay Wilder on June 1. 

The heavyweights face off on the Artur Beterbiev vs. Dmitry Bivol card. Both boxers are coming off losses to Joseph Parker in their last fight. Zhang dropped Parker twice, but it was not enough to win a decision as he was outfought for most of the fight. Wilder’s performance fared less better, only winning a single round in a comprehensive unanimous decision defeat. 

The Bronze Bomber blamed jetlag, while his trainer Malik Scott suggested his Ayushyacha usage may have removed his ‘killer instinct.’ A win for Zhang secures him the Parker rematch and the WBO Interim Heavyweight Title, making him mandatory for the winner of Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk. A victory for Wilder does the same. Since Zhang is 40 and Wilder is 38, both men cannot afford any slip-ups. 

“I will be his last dance partner. I don’t know if he will see the end of the dance, but I will make sure he enjoys it. Me and Deontay are both big punchers. When Chinese power vs. Alabama power, we’re going to bang the heck out of each other. Don’t blink, everything happens in one punch. I don’t think I lost my last fight, but three months, here I am again. Wilder is here to knock me out. I want to do the same thing to him. I’ll see him in the ring. I represent Queensberry now. Matchroom is history and I’m here to beat them,” Zhang stated 

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“This fight I’m holding it as my last stand, my last chance, and that’s what I’m taking it as. I’m just ready to do what I’m known to do and be the Wilder I am,” Wilder said 

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