Zhang Zhilei an undefeated heavyweight from China has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom and will be making his debut for them sometime in November. He has previously fought on one of their cards in Monaco and was looking to be very active in 2020 if the Corona Virus hadn’t shut the sport down.
He currently holds a 21-0 record with 16 knockouts with the majority of those bouts taking place in America. He won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics and has had a steller amateur career where he also went on to compete in the 2012 Olympics before turning pro in 2014. He is now 37 years old which will mean he needs to get the big fights soon as even for a heavyweight he is getting old. He is a tall southpaw which makes him almost unique in this heavyweight division and could cause problems for a lot of fighters who aren’t used to fighting southpaws.
It’s not been announced who he will be fighting in November but by what they have said it sounds like it will be a tune up bout before he goes on to fight some of the bigger names in the division. I don’t think Matchroom will mess around with him as he is 37 now and certainly doesn’t need any more developmental fights just significant ones at this point.
I’m going to write an article with a few of my guesses as to who he will be fighting in November soon so be sure to read that!