• Mon. May 20th, 2024

Zhilei Zhang claims Francis Ngannou declined a fight with him

Interim WBO heavyweight champion Zhang Zhilei revealed that former UFC champion Francis Ngannou refused to share the ring with him on December 23 in Saudi Arabia.

Zhilei told MailOnline:

There were originally talks to have me fight Ngannou [on December 23] and I was like, “Okay, it’s a walk in the park for me, I’ll take it”. But Ngannou didn’t want to do it. And then it’s what you see. The big names started to come in like Joshua filling the card. And that’s what happened.

Read: Anthony Joshua to face Francis N’Gannou in Riyadh Season

Zhilei last fought against Joseph Joyce in September this year in London. In that confrontation, Zhang won by knockout in the third round. He has 15 wins (14 by knockout) and two losses.

Ngannou last entered the ring against Tyson Fury in October this year in Saudi Arabia. That fight lasted the entire distance and ended in a split decision defeat for Francis. It was the Cameroonian’s debut in the professional ring.

Here is a brief overview of Zhilei Zhang:

Biography

Zhilei Zhang was born on May 2, 1983, in Zhoukou, Henan, China. He is a Chinese professional boxer who has held the WBO interim heavyweight title since April 2023.

Amateur Career

As an amateur, Zhang won bronze medals at the 2007 and 2009 World Championships, and a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics, all in the super-heavyweight division. He also won a bronze medal at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

Professional Career

Zhang began his professional career in 2014. He has fought 28 times with 26 wins, a single loss, and 1 draw. As of September 2023, Zhang is ranked as the world’s fourth-best active heavyweight by The Ring.

Statistics

Zhang is a southpaw with a height of 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) and a reach of 203 cm (80 in).

Professional Boxing Record

Zhang has won 21 of his total 28 fights by knockout. His boxing record is currently 26-1-1.

Personal Life

There is no information available about Zhang’s personal life.

Family Life

There is no information available about Zhang’s family life.

FAQs

Q: What is Zhang Zhilei’s record?
A: Zhang has fought 28 times with 26 wins, a single loss, and 1 draw. He has a 75% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 21 of his total 28 fights being knockout wins.

Q: What is Zhang Zhilei’s height?
A: Zhang is 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) tall.

Q: What is Zhang Zhilei’s reach?
A: Zhang has a reach of 203 cm (80 in).

Q: What is Zhang Zhilei’s boxing style?
A: Zhang is a southpaw.

Q: What is Zhang Zhilei’s current ranking?
A: As of September 2023, Zhang is ranked as the world’s fourth-best active heavyweight by The Ring..

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