Zhang Knocks Out Wilder In The Fifth

Zhilei Zhang stopped Deontay Wilder in the fifth round with a dominant display.

The opening round began tentatively. Wilder kept things long with his jab, with Zhang attempting to close the distance. There was very little action, with both fighters feeling each other out. Zhang turned up the pace in the second, pushing Wilder on the ropes. The Chinese landed a left hook, a right cross, another left hook, another right. Wilder got off the ropes to the center of the ring, but he was backed up again.

Wilder relied on his jab, but the American reacted rather than initiating attacks. Another left hook connected for Zhang in a dominant round. Wilder was on the ropes in the third, as The Bronze Bomber landed short with his right hand. Zhang responded with a left to the body and one upstairs. Zhang was settled, with things looking ominous for Wilder.

Wilder hit back in the fifth, landing numerous right hands. But as he opened up, he was punished. Wilder threw a right hand, but Zhang countered him with his own. ‘Big Bang’ landed another right, sending Wilder to the canvas. Although Wilder beat the count, the referee stopped the fight in the fifth.

The win was the perfect response for Zhang following his loss to Joseph Parker. Meanwhile, another defeat for Wilder raises questions over whether he will retire. The victory also meant Frank Warren beat all of Eddie Hearn’s fighters in the 5 vs. 5 tournament. Zhang now hopes to get rematch Parker, then face Anthony Joshua, with the aim of a world title.

“[I want a title shot] this year or next year. I believe the Parker rematch [will come next] but Joshua is always someone I want to fight,” Zhang said 

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