Top-Ranked Heavyweight Vows To Retire Zhilei Zhang: “I’ll Smash Him”

Photo: Instagram/Zhilei Zhang

Zhilei Zhang is back in the heavyweight spotlight after a big win over Deontay Wilder. The fight was crucial for both men, but Zhang, the powerful puncher from China, kept his title hopes alive with an impressive stoppage.

Another fighter eager to rise in the heavyweight division is 31-year-old Martin Bakole from Congo. Bakole, ranked number 1 with the WBA, recently dominated Carlos Takam and is now setting his sights on Zhang.

In an interview with iFL TV, Bakole expressed his confidence about facing 'Big Bang' Zhang. He’s willing to fight Zhang in his home country and believes he would "smash" the 41-year-old veteran.

Photo: Instagram/Zhilei Zhang

“Zhang did well. It’s tough to beat a southpaw, but it’s easier for me because I learned boxing from my southpaw brother. Zhang’s strong, but he needs to know how to use his left hand better. He beat Deontay because Deontay was too small and kept running.

I’m ready to fight Zhang in China. It would be an explosive match. I hope he accepts because I’m ready for him anywhere—in China, the UK, or America. After fighting me, I think he’ll retire. He’s never faced someone like me, and I’ll push him back and smash him. I’m not scared of anybody; I’ll Bang the Big Bang.”

Before any potential fight with Zhang, Bakole faces a tough challenge against unbeaten American knockout artist Jared Anderson. They will meet on August 3 in Los Angeles, on the Terence Crawford-Israil Madrimov card.

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