Zhilei Zhang Waiting For Contract To Box Anthony Joshua Next
Interim WBO heavyweight champion Zhilei Zhang is looking to box Anthony Joshua next time out.
Zhang is coming off back-to-back knockout wins over Joe Joyce and will likely be in line for a big fight next time out. Although Tyson Fury is set to face Oleksandr Usyk, Zhang will have to wait to fight for the heavyweight title, so with that, he’s open to facing Joshua next.
“That is definitely an option for me,” Zhang told Metro.co.uk. “You heard Anthony saying there are options out there, but is he serious? Send the contract over and if everything looks good I’ll sign it right away.”
As of right now, Zhilei Zhang says he’s open to waiting to see what happens with the Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk fight. Although he’s open to boxing Anthony Joshua, Zhang may also wait to see what happens with that fight as he wants to start fighting the biggest names.
“Right now, we’re still looking to see what happens with the unification, because the unification overrides everything,” Zhang said. We’re still looking to see what happens with that. But with that done, and it’s out of the way then definitely I will exercise my mandatory challenger position.
“The options are open and still out there. But for me and my team, we’re looking at the top names. We’re looking at Fury, Usyk, Joshua, Wilder. However, if those guys don’t want to accept my challenge or run away from me, that’s a different story. Then we go to boxers like Parker, Ortiz, Chisora, Dubois. Everything is possible, I’m not scared of fighting anyone. My target right now is for the bigger names,” Zhang added.
Would you like to see Zhilei Zhang vs. Anthony Joshua?