Zhang Zhilei, China's WBO 'Interim' heavyweight fighter (26-1-1, 21 KOs), has thrown down the gauntlet, calling out the division's heaviest hitters for his next showdown.
"Listen up, I'm eyeing the cream of the crop—Tyson Fury, Oleksandr Usyk, Anthony Joshua, and Deontay Wilder. I have heard through the grapevine that Joshua's camp is mulling me over as an option. Well, are they ready to dance or just shadowboxing? Slide that contract my way—if it's solid gold, I'll ink it on the spot.
Should these big dogs choose to tuck tail and bolt, no sweat—I've got a hit list of worthy adversaries waiting in the wings. Joseph Parker, Luis Ortiz, Derek Chisora, Daniel Dubois—are you lads ready to rumble?
I'm geared up for a scrap with all takers. My sights are set on the marquee names," Zhilei boasted to Metro.
Zhilei, a formidable force in the ring, conquered Joe Joyce earlier this spring and delivered a knockout repeat in their September rematch.
Zhilei, eyeing a heavyweight title opportunity, is ready to step into the ring with the best. However, his anticipated showdown with Usyk might be on the ice - Usyk's schedule is likely filled with a unification fight that's taking priority.