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Zhilei Zhang vs Martin Bakole Ilunga preview
When is Zhang vs Bakole?
Zhilei Zhang could fight Martin Bakole Ilunga in Autumn/Fall 2023 in the United Kingdom.
The fight would take place over 12 rounds in the Heavyweight division, which means there would be no weight limit.
Zhang vs Bakole stats
Zhilei Zhang would step into the ring with a record of 25 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw, 20 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Martin Bakole Ilunga would make his way to the ring with a record of 19 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 14 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggest Zhang would have a slight advantage in power over Bakole, with a 80% knock out percentage over Bakole's 74%.
Zhilei Zhang is the older man by 10 years, at 40 years old.
Zhang has a height advantage of 3 inches over Bakole.
Zhilei Zhang fights out of the southpaw stance, while Martin Bakole Ilunga is an orthodox fighter.
Zhang is currently the more experienced professional fighter, having had 7 more fights, and made his debut in 2014, 4 months later than Bakole, whose first professional fight was in 2014. He has fought 14 more professional rounds, 90 to Bakole's 76.
Zhilei Zhang goes into the fight ranked number 4 by the RING at heavyweight.
Martin Bakole Ilunga is currently ranked number 2 by the WBA and 7 by the WBC in the 201lb division.
Zhang vs Bakole form
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 beat 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.
Bakole has won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 3 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight, he defeated Ihor Shevadzutskyi on 22nd April 2023 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at Rzeszow, Poland.
Previous to that, he had defeated Tony Yoka on 14th May 2022 by majority decision in their 10 round contest at Accord Hotels Arena, Paris, France.
Going into that contest, he had won against Haruna Osumanu on 18th September 2021 by knockout in the 1st round at Sport Society, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Before that, he had defeated Sergey Kuzmin on 12th December 2020 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Wembley (SSE) Arena, London, United Kingdom.
He had beat Rodney Hernandez on 2nd November 2019 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at Manchester Arena, Lancashire.
In terms of recent activity, Zhilei Zhang has been fighting more than Martin Bakole Ilunga.
Zhilei Zhang last fought 1 month and 23 days ago, while Martin Bakole Ilunga's last outing was 1 month and 16 days ago.
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.
Bakole's last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years, 7 months and 5 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 8 months and 19 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 26 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 5.2 rounds on average.
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