Heavyweight Throwdown between Parker and Zhang Announced for March 8th

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Lupesoliai Laaulialemalietoa Joseph Parker has confirmed a showdown with Zhang Zhilei in March as a co-feature of Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou on March 8th.

Lupesoliai posted with a caption, “It’s on. Parker vs Zhang”

Lupesoliai posts on his Facebook page, Tues 15th Jan 2024.

The heavyweight throwdown was the second fight announced for the Riyadh boxing card.

Both Zhang and Parker are coming off emphatic wins over top heavyweight contenders. After surging to prominence with big wins in 2023, the top heavyweights will be sure to bring on the action come March 8th.

Big Bang” Zhang (26-1-1, 21 KO) claimed the interim WBO title last year with back-to-back knockouts of Joe Joyce, the first via grotesque swelling and the second via one-hitter quitter five months later.

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This puts Zhang in line for a crack at the full title presently held by Oleksandr Usyk, but with the unified champ likely to spend all of 2024 fighting Tyson Fury, he’ll instead square off with the belt’s former owner in Joseph Parker (34-3, 23 KO).

Lupesoliai Joseph Parker (34-3, 23 KO) is younger by eight years, and has won four straight since his own unfortunate run-in with “The Juggernaut.”

A four-fight 2023 saw him take a decision over an unexpectedly game Jack Massey, demolish a pair of overmatched foes in Faiga Opelu and Simon Kean, then cap off the year by cruising past Deontay Wilder last month.

This is without a doubt one of the better matchups the division has to offer.

Other undercard lineups will see the return of WBC featherweight champion Rey Vargas (36-1, 22 KO) in what should be a banger against top contender Nick Ball (19-0, 11 KO), who out-slugged Isaac Dogboe in November.

The only other complete bout pits Mark Chamberlain (14-0, 10 KO) against Gavin Gwynne (17-2-1, 5 KO) in a clash of two of Britain’s top lightweights. TBA has a full schedule against Jack McGann, Roman Fury, Ziyad Almaayouf, and Justis Huni.