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Deontay Wilder v Zhilei Zhang - Tale of the Tape: Weight, height, reach, trainer & professional boxing records

We analyse the credentials and statistics of two of the hardest-hitting heavyweights on the planet, as Deontay Wilder and Zhilei Zhang get set for what promises to be a pulsating blue-riband division showdown in Saudi Arabia this weekend.

A big part of the allure of heavyweight boxing is the prospect of witnessing a devastating knockout.

Over the last decade, few have delivered the telling blow with such consistency as Deontay Wilder and Zhilei Zhang. Between them, they have 63 stoppages in 76 fights.

Now, they come face-to-face, as part of the Matchroom v Queensberry Promotions event, in Saudi Arabia, on Saturday 1st June.

For many, Wilder is a spent force, but to underestimate ‘The Bronze Bomber’ could be perilous. For all his limitations, the American is still one of the most dangerous fighters in the sport today.

For all the threat Wilder poses offensively, Zhang will be hoping to expose the porous defence of the Alabama man.

For the winner, a world title shot or bout against Anthony Joshua could await, for the loser, it may be the end of the road.

This one will be explosive.

It's time to take a look at the 'Tale of the Tape'…
 

Deontay Wilder v Zhilei Zhang
Tale of the Tape

TOTT

Deontay Wilder

Zhilei Zhang

Odds:

13/10

8/13

Age:

38

40

Nickname:    

'The Bronze Bomber'

'Big Bang'

Height:

6ft 7ins

6ft 6ins

Reach:

83ins

80ins

Weight:

Heavyweight

Heavyweight

Trainer:

Malik Scott

Shaun George

Record:

43-3-1 (42 KOs)

26-2-1 (21 KOs)

Last Fight:

Lost - (UD) - Joseph Parker (December 2023)

Lost (MD) - Joseph Parker (March 2024)


Deontay Wilder
In Profile

Following a lacklustre showing against Joseph Parker, there have been many obituaries written for the career of Deontay Wilder.

However, it is perhaps too soon to write off the Beijing 2008 Olympic bronze medallist.

Yes, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ looked poor against the New Zealander, as he was outworked while waiting to land the shot that never came. Yet, it was the sort of performance we have seen from the Alabama man before.

When Wilder faced Luis Ortiz for the second time, the American had lost most rounds, but his power turned the course of the fight, in the 10th frame.

Against Parker, the telling blow did not materialise. Historically, Wilder tends to find the punch he needs to compensate for his limitations.

Of the 43 men Wilder has faced, in a professional career spanning over 15 years, only Parker has not been on the canvas.

Now, it is possible that the reflexes of the American have diminished and, as a result, he no longer possesses the timing need to find a home for his right hand, but it would be rash to jump to the conclusion on the basis of one bout.

While much has been said on the below par showing of Wilder, it must be noted that his opponent fought almost the perfect fight.

Zhang will not be able to replicate the tactics of Parker, which relied on fast feet, feints and being a small target.

‘Big Bang’ poses a very different threat with deceptively swift hands, a good jab and devastating power. It may be a problem that is easier for Wilder to solve.

It is also worth noting that prior to his fight last December, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ had fought less than one round in over two years. Ring rust may have been a factor.

Wilder has always been enigmatic: explosive, but limited; vulnerable but brave.

A defeat could well lead to retirement, a victory could finally bring a clash with Joshua to fruition.

With so much at stake, does Wilder have one more devastating performance left in him?

Only time will tell.

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

One-punch knockout power

Can be reckless

Hand-speed

Limited ability on the inside

Left hook

Head falls over his front foot

Jab to the body

Open defensively


Zhilei Zhang
In Profile

After almost a decade of being overlooked, dismissed and avoided; Zhilei Zhang was one fight away from a world title shot.

Having found himself on the wrong end of a disputed decision against Filip Hrgovic, in a final eliminator for the IBF, in 2022, the following year was a breakout one for ‘Big Bang’.

A brace of wins over Joe Joyce earned him the WBO ‘Interim’ heavyweight title and the mandatory status that came with it.

Rather than biding his time to face the winner of Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury, the Chinese fighter opted to stay busy, taking on, a rejuvenated, Joseph Parker.

The New Zealander attempted to replicate the game plan that was fruitful against Wilder, and was largely successful in doing so. However, while the American was passive, the Beijing 2008 Olympic silver medallist offered more offensively.

Twice, Parker found himself on the canvas, but managed to eke out a majority decision win.

Now, Zhang finds himself in a precarious position.

His monstrous frame, fight-ending power and solid fundamentals make him a hard night’s work for any fighter, but back-to-back defeats would make it easier for him to once again be avoided.

Zhang must be commended for his willing to roll the dice once more. His run of opponents from Hrgovic to Wilder is the most impressive of any active heavyweight.

Perhaps he is facing Wilder at the right time. The Alabama fighter looked unable to pull the trigger, last time out. If the American cannot find a home for his right hand, it could be a routine victory for Zhang.

Like Wilder, Zhang’s future prospects hinge on victory.

Don’t blink, you may miss it!

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

One-punch knockout power

Slow feet

Straight left hand

Fades late in fights

Timing

Moves back in straight lines

Applies pressure well

Lack of head movement

All odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.
 

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