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  • Writer's picturePaul Weir

When it comes to facing Zhang, Hearn and Joshua seem to have no desire to engage. Their actions sugg

In the world of professional boxing, Terry Lane, co-manager for Zhilei Zhang, holds little optimism when it comes to the prospect of a clash with the renowned Anthony Joshua.

China's Zhang recently impressed the boxing world with a resounding third-round knockout of Joe Joyce in their highly-anticipated rematch last month. This win was even more conclusive than their first bout back in April, which saw Zhang stop Joyce in the sixth round.

Consequently, Zhang has transformed into a sought-after talent in the heavyweight division, having secured two consecutive victories against a previously esteemed contender. In the wake of his triumph over Joyce, Zhang promptly issued a challenge to Tyson Fury, the WBC champion, for an epic showdown.

Unfortunately, the Zhang-Fury match won't materialize anytime soon, as Fury is scheduled to face Francis Ngannou on October 28, followed by a showdown with Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight championship.

As Zhang explores his options, his second most desired path involves facing London's Joshua, a former titleholder and a prominent figure in British sports over the past decade. Yet, according to Terry Lane, a co-manager for Zhang, neither Joshua nor his team, led by the formidable Eddie Hearn of Matchroom, exhibit any inclination towards this encounter.

"Eddie knows," Lane asserted during an appearance on GFunky Boxing's YouTube channel. "Just present the contract, and we'll sign it on the spot to face AJ. We're ready, anytime. Whether it's in China, Saudi Arabia, or the UK, we have numerous venues in mind. The financial backing is secure; this is our aspiration. I understand their position, despite any public statements they might make – they're actively avoiding this showdown. They want no part of Zhang Zhilei, but make no mistake, this is the fight we're determined to make happen."

Zhang, boasting a record of 26-1-1 with 21 knockouts, still has two fights remaining under the Queensberry Promotions banner, and his quest for significant challenges in the heavyweight division continues.

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