Zhang Calls Out Joshua – ‘Everybody Will Be Watching’

The WBO heavyweight interim champion Zhilei Zhang has called for a fight with Anthony Joshua

Zhang’s attention has turned towards Joshua following the Brit’s impressive win over Otto Wallin. Since his losses to Oleksandr Usyk, Joshua has won three on the bounce. His latest win was the most impressive. He stopped the tricky Wallin after five rounds as his corner threw in the towel. The win was also the first under his new trainer, Ben Davidson, showing a rejuvenated fighter. Joshua could face Filip Hrgovic in a potential IBF title eliminator, although a Wilder fight could still play out. Now Zhang has thrown his name into the hat. 

“I’d like to go after Joshua because he’s probably looking at [Filip] Hrgovic as a potential fight. But if you look at Hrgovic’s resume. He was gifted a win. He beat me to become the [IBF heavyweight] mandatory challenger. When you look at Joshua’s potential fight with Hrgovic, I just don’t think it makes that much commercial sense because if he [Joshua] comes to me, the whole of England will be watching, and the whole of China will be watching, and the whole Middle East. Everybody will be watching,” Zhang said 

Zhang is on an impressive run of form as he stopped Joe Joyce in consecutive fights. At the age of 40, his career has had a resurgence. The WBO mandatory is unlikely to be called for some time, leaving Zhang inactive. If he cannot secure the Joshua fight, he has set his sights on Joseph Parker. The former WBO heavyweight champion is coming off the biggest win of his career over Deontay Wilder, potentially setting up a big fight with Zhang in Saudi. 

“Parker might be a good option. Right now, he’s hot, and everybody is looking at him like, ‘Wow, he’s really good,’ and he’s won a couple of fights recently. So, if I can’t get any of these guys, Joseph Parker would be a good option. You never know. Styles make fights. I beat Parker in the 2011 world championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, and that was a while ago. If he wants revenge, go ahead, come,” Zhang


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