Matchroom Boxing signs Chinese heavyweight

Anthony Joshua’s amateur rival Zhang Zhilei has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom.

The Chinese heavyweight got eaten by Joshua in the 2012 Olympic Games in London when the Brit claimed the gold. Since then, the 37-year-old Asian has racked 21 wins and 0 losses in pro boxing.

The southpaw has defeated Joseph Parker bck in 2011 at the World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijdan. Zhilei was last seen in action in November 2019 when he defeated Andriy Rudenko via UD.

“I’m very happy to enter into an agreement with Matchroom,” said Zhang. “They are one of the best promoters in the world.

“I’m the best heavyweight coming out of China. I just need an opportunity to become the best in the world, which I strongly believe that Matchroom is able to provide.

“With each of us focused on our part, I wish a happy and successful future together.

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