- A heavyweight star has taken a big swipe at Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua
- The boxer claims the Ukrainian is ‘unproven’ and that Joshua is ‘declining’
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The fighter, who holds a professional record of 26-1-1, had some harsh words for the two top stars in the division.
Usyk retained his heavyweight titles following his win over Daniel Dubois back in August.
The Ukrainian recovered from being knocked down by Dubois in the fifth round after a controversial punch and would go on to secure a TKO victory in the ninth round. He is now targeting a mouthwatering undisputed showdown with Tyson Fury next February.
While Usyk is still top of the pile, one individual is still doubting the Ukrainian champion.
A heavyweight star recently took a swipe at Oleksandr Usyk and former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua
Zhilei Zhang believes Usyk is unproven and his only big win came against a ‘declining’ Joshua
Chinese sensation Zhilei Zhang claims his best win was against a ‘declining’ Joshua – while many consider the Ukrainian as the pound-for-pound No 1.
Speaking to ProBox TV about Usyk, Zhang said: ‘[Usyk is] unproven, When he fought [Anthony] Joshua, Joshua was on the decline, so I won’t think he is proven one way or another.’
Zhang reveals that if he ever shares the ring with the Ukrainian, he will put him to sleep ‘early.’
‘He has three belts, and that’s not something easy to do. He is moving up from a cruiserweight, and right now he is still a cruiserweight. So if we share the ring he is going to sleep early.’
The Chinese heavyweight contender is currently on a roll . Zhang claimed a sensational knock out victory against Joe Joyce in his last fight back in September.
He stopped the Brit in the third round of the bout with a huge right hand. The win over Joyce was his second against the Englishman – after defeating the ‘Juggernaut’ in their first encounter earlier this year.
While Fury and Usyk look set to go head-to-head next year, there are still a few options for Zhang going forward.
Many believe that the Ukrainian star is the pound-for-pound No 1 in the sport of boxing
Anthony Joshua is currently on a two-fight winning streak following his recent win over Robert Helenius
Zhang is on a tear at the moment and is coming off of back-to-back wins against Joe Joyce
It was reported that Ngannou could fight on that date against either Zhang or Joseph Parker, while Chisora has also put his name forward.
Zhang’s co-manager Terry Lane recently revealed there are plenty of big fights for the Chinese heavyweight.
‘There are big names, and big opportunities, but these guys (Fury and Usyk) got to fight each other,’ Lane said.
‘Unfortunately, you have Fury-Usyk tied up for God knows how long, because they have rematch clauses on both sides. [Will] we get a chance against one of them in the next year? It might take until 2025, we don’t know. Look we’re in a holding pattern, but he doesn’t want to wait. He is a fighter, he wants to fight. He wants to give the fans what they want as we [explore] plans B, C, and D now.’