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Oleksandr Usyk vs Zhilei Zhang preview
When is Usyk vs Zhang?
Oleksandr Usyk could face the challenge of Zhilei Zhang in Late 2023 in the United States.
The fight would be contested over 12 rounds in the Heavyweight division, which means there would be no weight limit.
Usyk vs Zhang stats
Oleksandr Usyk would step into the ring with an undefeated record of 20 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 13 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Zhilei Zhang would make his way to the ring with a record of 25 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw, with 20 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggest Zhang would have advantage in power over Usyk, with a 80% knock out percentage over Usyk's 65%.
Oleksandr Usyk is the younger man by 4 years, at 36 years old.
Zhang has a height advantage of 3 inches over Usyk. Despite this, both fighters have equal reach.
Both Oleksandr Usyk & Zhilei Zhang fight out of a southpaw stance.
Usyk's experience as a professional fighter is currently relatively equal to Zhang's, having had 7 less fights, and made his debut in 2013, 8 months earlier than Zhang, whose first professional fight was in 2014. He has fought 78 more professional rounds, 168 to Zhang's 90.
Zhilei Zhang is currently ranked number 4 by the RING in the 201lb division.
Usyk vs Zhang form
Usyk remains undefeated as a professional, stopping 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight, he beat Anthony Joshua on 20th August 2022 by split decision in their IBF World Heavyweight, WBA Super World Heavyweight, WBO World Heavyweight and The Ring Heavyweight championship fight at Jeddah Superdome, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Previous to that, he had beat Anthony Joshua on 25th September 2021 by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Heavyweight, IBF World Heavyweight and WBO World Heavyweight championship fight at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, United Kingdom.
Going into that contest, he had won against Derek Chisora on 31st October 2020 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Wembley (SSE) Arena, London.
Before that, he had beat Chazz Witherspoon on 12th October 2019 by technical knockout in the 7th round at Wintrust Arena, Illinois, United States.
He had defeated Tony Bellew on 10th November 2018 by knockout in the 8th round in their WBA Super World Cruiserweight, WBC World Cruiserweight, IBF World Cruiserweight and WBO World Cruiserweight championship fight at Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom.
Zhilei Zhang has stopped 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight, he won against Joe Joyce on 15th April 2023 by technical knockout in the 6th round in their WBO Interim World Heavyweight championship fight at Copper Box Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Filip Hrgovic on 20th August 2022 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Jeddah Superdome, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Going into that contest, he had won against Scott Alexander on 7th May 2022 by knockout in the 1st round at T-Mobile Arena, Nevada, United States.
Before that, he had defeated Craig Lewis on 27th November 2021 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at Madison Square Garden Theater, New York.
He had drawn with Jerry Forrest on 27th February 2021 by majority draw in their 10 round contest at Hard Rock Stadium, Florida.
In terms of recent activity, Zhilei Zhang has been fighting more than Oleksandr Usyk.
Oleksandr Usyk last fought 9 months and 18 days ago, while Zhilei Zhang's last outing was 1 month and 23 days ago.
Usyk's last 5 fights have come over a period of 4 years, 6 months and 28 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 11 months. In those fights, he fought a total of 51 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 10.2 rounds on average.
Zhang's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 3 months and 11 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 5 months and 15 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 31 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 6.2 rounds on average.
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