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Zhilei Zhang v Joseph Parker: Fight date, time, undercard & how to watch

Zhilei Zhang will take on Joseph Parker on the same bill as the Anthony Joshua versus Francis Ngannou showdown in Saudi Arabia in March - here's everything you need to know ahead of the bout.

In what is another highly-anticipated heavyweight match-up, the Parker versus Zhang clash will be a must-watch fight between two experienced performers, who still have designs on getting to the very top of the division.

New Zealand star Parker is fresh from his surprise victory over Deontay Wilder in December, while Zhang is also on the up after two impressive back-to-back wins over Briton Joe Joyce in his last two outings.

Whoever comes out on top is likely to earn themselves a world title shot and possibly get the chance to take aim at Joshua, Tyson Fury or Oleksandr Usyk in the future.

Zhilei Zhang v Joseph Parker date

The heavyweight bout between Zhang and Parker is set to take place on Friday 8th March 2024 with the fight scheduled on the same card as Joshua's meeting with Ngannou in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The card will take place on the Friday to avoid clashing with the Saudi Arabian Formula 1 Grand Prix, which is due to be held in Jeddah on Friday 8th March.

Zhilei Zhang v Joseph Parker time

Confirmed timings for the fight night have yet to be released but the Zhang v Parker scrap will likely see the two men be in the ring at around 21:00 UK time on the Friday evening.

Zhilei Zhang v Joseph Parker venue and location

The fight is the latest to be staged in Saudi Arabia and will take place at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, which also staged the ‘Day Of Reckoning’ card involving Parker at the end of last year.

The Kingdom Arena is primarily a football stadium but is often converted for other major sporting events and it can accommodate over 40,000 spectators. 

Joshua defeated Otto Wallin on the same night Deontay Wilder lost to Parker at the venue in December.

Zhilei Zhang v Joseph Parker how to watch

Broadcast details for Zhang v Parker are yet to be announced.

Zhilei Zhang v Joseph Parker belts

Parker's WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title and his WBC International heavyweight title are set to be up for grabs on the night.

The Kiwi won the WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight strap against Simon Kean in October last year before retaining it and also picking up the vacant WBC International heavyweight title when seeing off Wilder just before Christmas.

Zhang's WBO interim heavyweight title, which he successfully defended last time out against Joyce, will also be on the line in this fight.

Zhilei Zhang record

Zhang has just one defeat on his professional CV, winning his other 26 fights, 21 by knockout. His rise to prominence in the heavyweight division included wins over Peter Graham, Andriy Rudenko, Devin Vargas and Scott Alexander.

His one loss came against Filip Hrgovic in August 2022, in what was an unexpected setback for the Chinese star.

The defeat was not without controversy as plenty of observers felt Zhang had enjoyed the upper hand before his Croatian opponent was awarded the victory narrowly on the night by the judges. 

However, Zhang has bounced back brilliantly since. He took on Joyce last February at the Copper Box Arena in London and saw off the then-undefeated WBO interim champion by sixth-round technical knockout. 

Then, in the rematch in September he proved dominant once more, winning by a third-round knockout - again on enemy territory - at Wembley Arena.

Joseph Parker record

Parker has 34 victories as a pro, with just three defeats among his 37 fights. 

He has enjoyed big nights and wins over the likes of Carlos Takam, Andy Ruiz Jr, Hughie Fury and Derek Chisora during an impressive 11-year professional career so far.

His losses came against Joshua and Dilian Whyte during a disappointing spell in 2018 and then Joyce in 2022. 

However, the 32-year-old has rebuilt his reputation since that defeat to Joyce in Manchester, with victories over Jack Massey, Faiga Opelu and Simon Kean before his stunning win against Wilder. 

Despite being the underdog, he overcame Wilder, winning via unanimous decision in what was widely accepted to be the New Zealander's best performance in the ring to date.

Any odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.

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