Chinese language heavyweight large Zhilei Zhang (23-0) is very keen to take a step up in competitors, based on his adviser Terry Lane.
Zhang shall be featured this coming Saturday evening on the Onerous Rock Stadium in Miami, when he faces Jerry Forrest as a part of the undercard to Canelo Alvarez’s protection of the WBC, WBA tremendous middleweight titles towards Avni Yildirim.
“We’re in search of a step up towards an enormous identify,” Lane instructed Sky Sports activities.
Who’s Zhang keen to face?
Nearly anybody, says his adviser.
The Olympic silver medal winner is even keen to journey to the UK – for fights with Derek Chisora and Joe Joyce.
“We would like a reputation that may draw extra consideration to Zhang as a result of he would not but have an enormous identify on his résumé. Chisora is the identify that I like. Joyce can be a struggle that we’d love. Let me say it like this; there is no such thing as a identify that we want to keep away from,” Lane stated.
“There are extra passionate boxing followers within the UK together with among the many Chinese language neighborhood. Boxers, golfers or any athletes are world nowadays so we’d undoubtedly have a look at the UK. We’ve no reservations about that. The sand below our ft is continually altering however, for the proper alternative, we’d do it.”
At 37-years-old, time will not be on Zhang’s aspect.
Ranked at quantity eight by the WBO, he is able to get fast-tracked to higher alternatives.
A number of the names ranked above him embody Joseph Parker, Junior Fa, Andy Ruiz, Frank Sanchez and Michael Hunter.
“None of these names scare me,” says Lane. “None of these names give me chills. We do not need to keep away from any of these fights.
“That is the key sauce in boxing. Zhang has to win on Saturday, he has to look good, he has to dominate the struggle. After that, we have to step up towards an enormous identify. As soon as he wins that, it can’t be denied that he can be within the combine for a world title shot.
“There’s a distinctive alternative with Zhang and the Chinese language market and we’re inching nearer to a world title shot. The musical chairs that’s the skilled boxing recreation, issues change shortly. It’s throughout the realm of risk that, inside a few fights after Saturday, Zhang may very well be there.”
The aim for Zhang is to at some point struggle for a world title within the headline bout of an enormous stadium card in China.