Wilder Finds Renewed Passion For Boxing Ahead of Zhang Fight

Photo: Instagram/Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder is gearing up for a crucial fight against Zhilei Zhang in Saudi Arabia on June 1. This match is a part of the Matchroom vs. Queensberry Promotions event, and for Wilder, it's a pivotal moment in his career.

Wilder, a former WBC heavyweight champion with a record of 43-3-1 (42 KOs), is coming off a significant loss to Joseph Parker last December. He is now 38 years old and acknowledges that this fight with Zhang could determine the future of his boxing career.

Joining Eddie Hearn's team as a 'Wildcard' selection, Wilder expressed his surprise at their collaboration, saying, “No one thought me and Eddie would work together, so this is the ultimate surprise right here.”

Photo: Instagram/Deontay Wilder

Reflecting on the impact of Saudi Arabia on boxing, Wilder mentioned the changes in the sport and hinted at pursuing an acting career post-boxing. “They’ve changed the way boxing is done, and I’m looking for that acting career after. You don’t have to get hit,” he said, referring to a promotional trailer filmed in Bulgaria.

Despite his respect for Zhang, Wilder is confident in his abilities, stating, “I respect Zhang, he’s a good fighter, but it’s my time.” He sees this fight as his "last stand" and is determined to prove himself.

Wilder admitted that he had lost his love, passion, and hunger for boxing but emphasized his renewed commitment. “Here I am, I’m not playing around this time. I feel like I’ve got nothing to lose this time, only to gain,” he said.

On the other hand, Zhang, with a record of 26-2-1 (21 KOs) and also coming off a loss to Parker, showed respect for Wilder's punching power. “Deontay Wilder is the heaviest puncher in boxing. I have to be careful but when the opportunity shows itself, I will not hold back,” Zhang commented.

With both fighters eager to prove themselves, the upcoming match promises to be an exciting showdown.

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Source: Boxing Scene 


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