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Zhilei Zhang Has Daniel Dubois on the Radar

"It might be too early for him to step into the ring with me," Zhang mentioned to BoxingScene.com. "I recognize his potential.

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Zhoukou, China (December, 29, 2023) - Over the past weekend, Daniel Dubois, the British top heavyweight, surged ahead in his career trajectory, showcasing not just his boxing prowess but also his mental fortitude with a commanding win over Jarrell Miller at the 'Day of Reckoning.' As Dubois sets his sights on the next bout, WBO interim heavyweight champion Zhilei Zhang has hinted at a potential future clash between them.

Zhilei Zhang brings more power and skill than Jarrell Miller.

Zhang, the WBO interim heavyweight champion, envisions a showdown against Daniel Dubois in 2024, as both fighters seek their next challenges following successful year-end performances. Dubois, recuperating from a setback in August against unified heavyweight Oleksandr Usyk, faced speculation about his mental resilience post his stoppage loss.

However, his recent triumph in Saudi Arabia silenced critics as he halted Jarrell Miller in a commanding manner at the 'Day of Reckoning' super-card, earning respect even from the American who had previously taunted him during the build-up. Meanwhile, Zhang's recent wins against Joe Joyce, positioning himself for a shot at the Unified title.

Presently, the WBO champion, Usyk, appears slated to face Tyson Fury in the early months of the upcoming year. The IBF holds the subsequent mandate for a mandatory fight, although Zhang's interim status places him prominently in contention for a title bout, especially if the belts become vacant post a Fury-Usyk encounter.

China's Powerhouse Zhilei Zhang also recently called out Anthony Joshua.

Post Anthony Joshua's triumph against Otto Wallin, the top heavyweight has been linked to various potential opponents, but his most likely path involves contending for the IBF mandatory status, possibly against Filip Hrgovic, if not for the belt itself. This prospect could potentially set the stage for a Zhang-Dubois collision. However, the 40-year-old Chinese fighter indicated that his 26-year-old counterpart might find it a premature challenge.

"It might be too early for him to step into the ring with me," Zhang mentioned to BoxingScene.com. "I recognize his potential. Perhaps in one or two fights down the line, but at present, it might be a bit premature." Despite Dubois' resurgence against Miller, Zhang asserted, "It should be a fairly straightforward encounter."

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2023-12-29 8:16
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2024-01-03 10:57