Breaking down the entire Wilder vs. Zhang undercard

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Deontay Wilder and Zhilei Zhang are set to face off in a highly anticipated heavyweight bout on June 1, a match that promises to be a turning point for both fighters. The fight, organized by Queensberry Promotions and Matchroom Boxing in collaboration with Riyadh Season in Saudi Arabia, will be broadcast live on DAZN PPV worldwide.

 

Deontay Wilder: The Bronze Bomber’s Last Dance?

Deontay Wilder (43-3-1, 42 KOs) is a former WBC heavyweight champion known for his devastating knockout power. At 38, Wilder is looking to prove he still has what it takes to compete at the highest level of boxing. After a series of grueling battles with Tyson Fury, resulting in two losses and a draw, Wilder’s career is at a critical juncture.

In a candid statement, Wilder expressed that this fight might be his swan song: “We’ll see if I’ve got it or not. This fight I’m holding it as my last dance, my last chance,” Wilder said via the South China Morning Post. “I lost my love and passion for this business. I lost my hunger for so many different reasons. I’m not playing around this time. I’ve got nothing to lose.”

Wilder’s explosive power and knockout ability remain his primary weapons. Known for his athleticism and reach, Wilder will aim to utilize these strengths to secure a decisive victory and potentially rejuvenate his career.

 

Zhilei Zhang: Redemption for the Big Bang

Zhilei Zhang (26-2-1, 21 KOs), also known as “Big Bang,” is a formidable opponent with significant knockout power of his own. The 39-year-old Chinese fighter is looking to bounce back after a recent loss to Joseph Parker, which saw him lose the interim WBO heavyweight title.

Zhang acknowledged his mistakes in the Parker fight and is focused on correcting them: “My defeat to Joseph Parker in March was down to my carelessness,” Zhang said to CGTN Europe via SCMP. “My tactics were not appropriate, and I didn’t manage to use some of the strategies I practiced in my training. I’ll need to guard against his heavy punches [but] my punches are also powerful, of course. I need to adjust my training accordingly.”

Zhang’s strategy will likely focus on maintaining his defense against Wilder’s power while leveraging his own punching strength to capitalize on any openings.

Undercard Highlights

The undercard features two title fights and a lineup of top-tier talent, ensuring a night packed with high-stakes action. Specific matchups on the undercard have yet to be fully detailed, but fans can expect a showcase of rising stars and seasoned contenders vying for titles and recognition.

Fans can catch all the action live on DAZN PPV, making it accessible worldwide. This high-profile event promises to deliver intense drama and skillful boxing as two heavyweight titans battle for honor, pride, and a possible path back to the top of the division.

The fight between Deontay Wilder and Zhilei Zhang is more than just a bout; it’s a crossroads for both fighters. Wilder’s declaration of this potentially being his last fight adds a layer of emotional intensity, while Zhang’s quest for redemption sets the stage for a clash of titanic proportions. Boxing enthusiasts won’t want to miss this pivotal showdown on June 1.