In a potentially huge development in the world of heavyweight boxing, Zhilei Zhang has revealed that his promotional team have been in touch with Tyson Fury’s representatives over a potential summer showdown in China. This news comes just days after Andy Ruiz Jr appeared to confirm that he has secured a shot at Fury’s WBC world title on July 22 in London.
Zhang, who recently scored a statement stoppage victory over Joe Joyce in London, is now considered to be a credible contender in the heavyweight division. He wasted no time in declaring his interest in fighting Fury next, stating: “let’s do it Tyson. If you’re looking at July, I’ll be ready for you in July.”
However, there are doubts as to whether Joyce will pursue a rematch with Zhang after being soundly beaten in their first encounter. If Joyce does not activate his rematch clause, it could pave the way for Zhang to challenge Fury for the world title.
This potentially sets up a fascinating summer for heavyweight boxing, with Ruiz Jr also in the mix for a shot at Fury’s title. The fast-handed Mexican caused a huge upset back in 2019 when he stunned Anthony Joshua to become the world champion, and has been campaigning for a shot at Fury ever since.
It remains to be seen how negotiations will play out for these potential fights, but one thing is for sure. The heavyweight division has been shaken up once again, and fans will be eagerly anticipating the next chapter in this exciting era of boxing.