VS
Autumn/Fall 2024
Potentially

in the United Kingdom

Potential contest @ Heavyweight
26-2-1
20-1-0

The tape

41
Age
30
6' 6" / 198 cm
Height
6' 3" / 191 cm
78" / 198 cm
Reach
-
Southpaw (L)
Stance
Orthodox (R)

Full record

MD 12KO 3TKO 6UD 12KO 1
Form
TKO 4TKO 3MD 10KO 1UD 10
26
Wins
20
21
By KO
15
81
KO%
75
2
Losses
1
0
Stopped
1
1
Draws
0
2014
Debut
2014
105
Pro rounds
80

Current rankings @ Heavyweight

5
The Ring
-
-
WBA
1
9
WBC
10
2
WBO
11
8
IBF
14

Zhilei Zhang vs Martin Bakole Ilunga preview


When is Zhang vs Bakole?

Zhilei Zhang could fight Martin Bakole Ilunga in Autumn/Fall 2024 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 26 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw, 21 of those wins coming by way of knockout.

Martin Bakole Ilunga would make his way to the ring with a record of 20 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 15 of those wins by knockout.

The stats suggest Zhang would have a slight advantage in power over Bakole, with a 81% knockout percentage compared to Bakole's 75%.

Zhilei Zhang is the older man by 11 years, at 41 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 8 more fights, and made his debut in 2014, 4 months later than Bakole, whose first professional fight was in 2014. He has fought 25 more professional rounds, totaling 105 compared to Bakole's 80.

Zhilei Zhang goes into the fight ranked number 9 by the WBC, 2 by the WBO, 8 by the IBF, and 5 by The Ring at heavyweight.

Martin Bakole Ilunga is currently ranked number 1 by the WBA, 10 by the WBC, 11 by the WBO, and 14 by the IBF in the Heavyweight division.

Zhang vs Bakole form

Zhilei Zhang has stopped 3 of his last 5 opponents.

In his last fight, he lost to Joseph Parker on March 8, 2024, by majority decision in their WBO Interim World Heavyweight championship fight at Kingdom Arena, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Prior to that, he had won against Joe Joyce on September 23, 2023, by knockout in the 3rd round in their WBO Interim World Heavyweight championship fight at OVO Arena Wembley, London, United Kingdom.

Going into that contest, he had beaten Joe Joyce on April 15, 2023, by technical knockout in the 6th round in their WBO Interim World Heavyweight championship fight at Copper Box Arena, London.

Before that, he had been beaten by Filip Hrgovic on August 20, 2022, by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Jeddah Superdome, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

He had defeated Scott Alexander on May 7, 2022, by knockout in the 1st round at T-Mobile Arena, Nevada, United States.

Bakole has won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 3 of them, going the distance twice.

In his last fight, he won against Carlos Takam on October 28, 2023, by technical knockout in the 4th round at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Prior to that, he had won against Ihor Shevadzutskyi on April 22, 2023, by technical knockout in the 3rd round at Rzeszow, Poland.

Going into that contest, he had defeated Tony Yoka on May 14, 2022, by majority decision in their 10 round contest at Accord Hotels Arena, Paris, France.

Before that, he had beaten Haruna Osumanu on September 18, 2021, by knockout in the 1st round at Sport Society, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

He had won against Sergey Kuzmin on December 12, 2020, by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Wembley (SSE) Arena, London, United Kingdom.

Activity check

In terms of recent activity, Zhilei Zhang has been fighting more than Martin Bakole Ilunga.

Zhilei Zhang last fought 7 months ago, while Martin Bakole Ilunga's last outing was 11 months and 10 days ago.

Zhang's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 5 months and 1 day, which means he has been fighting approximately every 5 months and 26 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 34 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 6.8 rounds on average.

Bakole's last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years, 9 months and 26 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 9 months and 6 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 28 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 5.6 rounds on average.

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