sport news Zhilei Zhang reveals he still wants to face Tyson Fury or Oleksandr Usyk... and ... trends now

sport news Zhilei Zhang reveals he still wants to face Tyson Fury or Oleksandr Usyk... and ... trends now

A little over a year ago, the casual boxing fan would likely not have known who Zhilei Zhang was.

He had just come off the back of a defeat to Filip Hrgovic, losing by unanimous decision with little direction in his career, 39 years old and time, in all honesty, running out.

Then, he swelled Joe Joyce's face, backed it up by knocking him clean out, and showed the world what he was truly capable of.

It seemed the heavyweight division had a new star, peaking later in life than could have been imagined and ready to challenge at the very top.

A shock loss to Joseph Parker has put a major dent in that. But it's not over yet, not according to Zhang himself.

Zhilei Zhang (pictured) has revealed he is still looking to fight either Tyson Fury or Oleksandr Usyk

Zhilei Zhang (pictured) has revealed he is still looking to fight either Tyson Fury or Oleksandr Usyk

The 41-year-old had been catapulted up the heavyweight division but suffered a shock loss to Joseph Parker (right) last time out

The 41-year-old had been catapulted up the heavyweight division but suffered a shock loss to Joseph Parker (right) last time out

Fury (left) nd Usyk will do battle this week as the heavyweight division looks to crown an undisputed champion

'I lost fair and square,' the heavyweight exclusively tells Mail Sport, speaking on behalf of Free Bets. 'When I look back at that fight, I think I learned a lot from the experience.

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'I actually underestimated Parker, I had to admit. But at the same time, it's a great lesson. It's very valuable lesson for me and my team to learn. I would say that I learned a lot from that fight, and I'm coming back stronger.'

Next up is Wilder. One of the biggest punchers in the game, also in the twilight of his career and looking to climb the ladder one last time.

Whoever stumbles in Saudi Arabia on June 1 will likely fall all the way to the bottom, any prospects of a title push all but over. It's an important fight.

'Everything is going well,' Zhang says, thankful to be asked how he is doing. 'My strength conditioning coach, Dave - he goes by the name Scooter - and my boxing coach, Sean George, we're all working together. 

'I have three wonderful sparring partners in this camp. Everything is ready. Everything has been processing very well.

'This fight is very important to me, just like any

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