November 4th, 2020 New York City -- It will be Olympian vs. Olympian on Saturday when former silver medalist Zhang Zhilei (21-0, 16 KOs) returns to the ring against Devin Vargas (22-6, 9 KOs) on the Devin Haney vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa undercard at the Seminole Hard RockHotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The entire card will be streamed live on DAZN.
Zhang was a two-time Olympian for China who became a national hero when he won the silver medal at the Beijing games in 2008. He was narrowly defeated by Anthony Joshua in the London games in 2012. Zhang is seeing his first action of 2020, having last fought in November of 2019, a win over Andriy Rudenko (32-5) in Monaco.
Vargas last fought in January 2020, defeating Victor Bisbal (23-5) at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York.
“This fight is very important to me,” said Zhang. “My aim is for the world title, but I am not overlooking Vargas. He is a veteran and has been in the ring with some of the best. The pandemic has affected everyone in boxing, but my team and Ihave worked hard for months to get to this point. I will put on a good show this Saturday!”
In addition to being streamed live on DAZN, Zhang vs. Vargas will also be televised in the People’s Republic of China on CCTV5, the nation’s central sports channel which is accessible to nearly all 1.4 billion people in China. In Zhang’s homeland, the bout will be delayed only by a few hours and shown midday on Sunday November 8th.
“A very large TV audience will see this fight in China,” said Zhang’s co-advisor Kurt Li. “It will appear on a long-standing weekly boxing show, and we expect viewership to increase this weekend due to Zhilei’s growing popularity. The Chinese public is starting to pay attention to boxing more, largely due to Zhang’s success.”
The DAZN livestream, which includes Zhang vs. Vargas, Haney vs. Gamboa and several other bouts, begins on DAZN at 8PM Eastern time. Zhang is promoted by Matchroom, who recently released a promotional video about Zhang, available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FlgKFRy5-Q.
*Image* Zhang Zhilei
ABOUT ZHANG ZHILEI
Zhang Zhilei is a Chinese, undefeated, professional boxer who competes in the heavyweight division. As an amateur, he earned a silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympic games as a super heavyweight. He now competes at the highest levels of professional heavyweight prize fighting. His professional record is 21-0.
ABOUT LANE BROTHERS BOXING
New York City Based “Lane Brothers Boxing” was founded in 2019 by brothers Terry and Tommy Lane. The Lane brothers have worked in professional boxing for nearly fifteen years, and are now using their industry expertise to advise top international boxing talent. Terry and Tommy are the sons of former referee Mills Lane.
When we think of Heavyweight boxing we don't tend to think of China as a likely venue. Strangely however the two things do come together on March 28th as China get a rare Heavyweight title bout and get a chance to see Japanese based Ugandan Okhello Peter (21-7, 19), a former Heavyweight world title challenger, and Evgeny Orlov (14-12-1, 10) throw down bombs at each other.
Of the two men it's Peter who is by far the better known fighter, though that's not saying much. He's more known due to his notable 2006 clash with the then WBC champion Oleg Maskaev. Of course that was 8 years ago and since then Peter has faded into relative obscurity in terms to the global Heavyweight scene though he did fight Kyotaro Fujimoto last year for the then vacant Japanese Heavyweight title. Unfortunately for Peter he looked his 41 years old against Fujimoto who was too quick, too energetic and too sharp for "The Letter O".
Orlov is himself a journeyman though is best known in Europe for both his excellent nickname "The Molecule from Hell" and for being a big and clumsy fighter. Stood at between 6'9 and 6'10 he's a man mountain though has unfortunately not scored a win of note, in fact he has come undone against every notable fighter he has faced including Mariusz Wach, Francesco Pianeta, Kubrat Pulev and Alex Leapai.
With the vacant WBC Asia Council Continental Heavyweight title on the line we can imagine both men really wanting to win this. They will both know that they aren't nearly good enough to win a world title but to them this will be their world title fight. Unfortunately with a combined age of 76 the bout may well be a stinker if neither man can score an early knockout.
(Picture of Peter, above, is courtesy of boxrec.com)
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