Parker vs Zhang Confirmed On The Joshua-Ngannou Card

Joseph Parker vs Zhilei Zhang has been confirmed for the Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou card on March 8, 2024, in Saudi Arabia. 

Both fighters are coming off their best wins. Parker beat Deontay Wilder in a one-sided unanimous decision to prevent the Wilder vs Joshua fight. The victory earned him links with fighting Joshua and now Zhang. The Chinese is also on an impressive run of form, having stopped Joe Joyce in back-to-back fights. The victories made him the WBO interim heavyweight champion, meaning he can face the winner of Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk once the mandatory is called. 

It will be Zhang’s first fight in Saudi Arabia, showcasing him to a new audience following his resurgence at 40. Following his loss to Filip Hrgovic, he missed the chance to become the IBF interim champion. While the WBO interim belt has softened the blow somewhat, that mandatory will not be called before the IBF, meaning it is vital for either fighter to come out on top. A win is another step in the right direction, with a shot at a world title getting closer. 

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