Zhilei Zhang thinks the cut near Tyson Fury’s eye could remain a factor ahead of his rescheduled fight against Oleksandr Usyk.
Fury and Usyk are rescheduled to fight on May 18 in Saudi Arabia after the two were supposed to box next weekend. Although the fight is delayed a couple of months, Zhang still thinks the cut could be reopened and will also limit Fury’s training camp.
“It’s hard to say [how the cut will impact the fight]. Every fighter is different with how long cuts take to heal. It really depends on the person. But I do think Tyson Fury has enough time to heal and find sparring. If I were him, I would be very careful to find trustworthy and understanding sparring partners,” Zhang said to Gambling.com.
“The cut could factor into the fight, especially if it’s an older cut that has opened. It’s possible it could open again. Oleksandr Usyk could target the eye, but he would also have to expect that Tyson Fury would have a strategy to protect the eye or have a strategy to use Usyk’s aggression towards the eye against him. The cut does present an interesting element.”
As for Zhilei Zhang, he is set to return to the ring on March 8 against Joseph Parker. A win for Zhang could get him a title shot, and he says he’s firing on all cyclinders right now.
“Camp has been going very well for me. I feel strong, and I’m working hard with my trainer, Shaun George, on a game plan. I am confident in a victory, but I’ll keep specific predictions to myself for now, but I believe I am going to put on a show alongside Joseph Parker,” Zhang said. “I’m very excited to fight in Saudi Arabia. His Excellency, Turki Alalshikh, has a big vision and he is a man who is executing that vision for the benefit of boxing fans worldwide.”
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