Deontay Wilder entered the boxing ring for the first time in more than a year just a few days before the holidays. He was expected to win and get a rematch with Anthony Joshua, therefore he faced up against Joseph Parker.
Quite the contrary; Parker stunned everyone by winning by unanimous decision. Wilder was left wondering what might have been as he executed the performance with poise, assurance, and professionalism from bell to bell.
Anthony Joshua is now expected to fight Francis Ngannou in March. According to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, Wilder might also make a comeback on that card in a dangerous matchup of his own.
Deontay Wilder and Zhilei Zhang might happen soon.
“Zhang had an incredible 2023,” Mannix concluded in his reflections and interpretation of the occasion. “He revitalized his career with two victories over Joe Joyce, earning him the title of 2023 Breakout Boxer of the Year from Sports Illustrated.” He is once again among the top five heavyweights at 40 years of age.
Zhilei Zhang is probably going to compete in the night’s featured contest, which takes place before the main event, according to Mannix’s video. Deontay Wilder is his anticipated opponent as of this writing.
According to reports, Saudi officials are eager for Zhang to face “The Bronze Bomber,” and Zhang is putting a lot of effort into getting this fight. Mannix said that there’s a chance they might play against other opponents, which might give Filip Hrgović an opportunity to get on the roster.
Zhang defeated Joe Joyce twice in the previous year to become the WBO’s interim heavyweight champion.