Zhilei Zhang has Tyson Fury in his sight, but Frank Warren points out the “if” and “but” on his path.
After his shock victory over Joe Joyce last weekend, Zhilei Zhang issued a challenge to fight Tyson Fury in China, but Frank Warren, both Fury’s and Joyce’s promoter has explained how this situation may play out.
“Joe (Joyce) has a rematch clause (with Zhang),” Warren told several media outlets. “If he activates it, obviously it’s going to be a complication to discuss alternative fights for him (Tyson Fury) at this point. At the end of the day, Tyson is the boss when it comes to deciding what to do.”
Warren assures that he still does not know if Fury will fight this summer, since the fighter has not communicated his intentions.
“If (Fury) wants to fight in the summer, he’ll let us know, and we’ll try to make it happen,” the promoter added. “But we need to know very quickly to be able to set up in the summer. Especially if we are going to try to do something in a stadium in the UK, which is where he would need to fight. But, in terms of rival options, everything would be decided in a conversation with Tyson.”
Amidst talks of Fury vs. Zhang, The Sun made a claim that the Chinese pugilist’s team would be trying to set up a fight with the WBC champ in Beijing. According to the newspaper, Zhang would ink a promotional contract with Queensberry Promotions, Frank Warren’s company, which also promotes Tyson Fury and Joe Joyce. And already in the same company they would be thinking of a fight between Fury and Zhang in China.
“‘Big Bang’ (Zhang) instantly turned his attention to a showdown with his new stablemate, with the 80,000-seater Beijing Bird’s Nest or the MGM casino in Macau possible venues for the giant showdown,” The Sun reported.