Heavyweight Boxer Issues Warning to WBC Champion Tyson Fury, Aims to Beat Undefeated Gypsy King

Heavyweight Boxer Issues Warning to WBC Champion Tyson Fury, Aims to Beat Undefeated Gypsy King

Byron Pillay
updated at November 29, 2023 at 8:59 AM
  • Tyson Fury will fight Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight titles in Saudi Arabia
  • Fury has been knocked down to the canvas before, but has never been beaten in his career
  • Zhilei Zhang has never faced any of the top four heavyweights, but is an interim champion

Who will be the first man to beat Tyson Fury?

The British boxer is still undefeated and next faces Oleksandr Usyk in a bid to be crowned undisputed World Heavyweight Champion.

Boxing has not had an undisputed champion in 20 years, and Usyk and Fury will fight for that honour in February 2024.

Tyson Fury looking sceptical.
Tyson Fury may be sceptical that anyone can beat him, but Zhilei Zhang believes he has the power to stop The Gypsy King. Image: Zac Goodwin.
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While the two heavyweights are set to square off in Saudi Arabia, another heavyweight - Zhilei Zhang - believes that he will be the first to beat Fury.

The Chinese fighter watched the bout against Francis Ngannou and believes that he will be too much for the Brit to handle.

As noted by The Mirror, Zhang warned The Gypsy King about his punching power.

"When you look at Tyson's career, he’s got hit, he’s got dropped and my punches are not a joke. When my punches land, it’s going to be a disaster for him."

Why Zhang wants Fury next

Nicknamed ‘Big Bang,’ Zhang is a fearsome heavyweight who has had 28 professional fights.

Tapology noted that he has won 26 fights, losing one and drawing one. 21 of his wins have come by knockout, but he has never face one of the big four heavyweights.

Zhang has accused Fury, Usyk, Deontay Wilder, and Anthony Joshua of dodging him.

"They don't want to fight me, that's very unfortunate. They are running away from me, but in the perfect world my next fight will be early next year," he recently said.

How Zhang could get his big fight

While a fight with the top four is still a dream for Zhang, the 40-year-old could finally get his shot soon.

In September he knocked out Joe Joyce in round three of their fight to retain his WBO Interim title, Eurosport reported, before calling out Fury.

As interim champion, Zhang will have to fight the WBO champion at some stage to unify the titles. The current champion is Usyk, but that could change after his title fight with Fury.

Francis Ngannou denied famous win against Fury

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Tyson Fury defeated Francis Ngannou by split decision in the 'Battle of the Baddest' bout in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The Briton overcame a Round 3 knockdown to defeat the Cameroonian in a controversial manner as one judge had Ngannou winning it 95-94.

The other two judges scored the bout 96-93 and 95-94 for Fury, but many felt the former UFC champion had done enough to win the big fight.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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