TYSON FURY’S promoter says his next fight is being finalised “this weekend” with Zhilei Zhang the frontrunner to be his opponent.
The WBC heavyweight champion defeated Derek Chisora last time out in December via a tenth round TKO at Tottenham Stadium.
Tyson Fury’s next fight could be finalised this weekend
Zhilei Zhang is the ‘frontrunner’ to face the Gypsy King
That was on the back of him knocking out Dillian Whyte at Wembley last April in the sixth.
After talks collapsed for his unification showdown with Oleksandr Usyk, we reported how Wembley Stadium had allegedly been put on hold for two dates in July as Fury plotted his next title defence.
Former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr, who famously beat Anthony Joshua for the belts in 2019 before losing the rematch, was in the mix to be his opponent.
As was China’s 39-year-old Zhang, who is coming off last month’s major upset victory over Joe Joyce.
Now Top Rank chief Bob Arum, Fury’s US promoter, has said that it is Zhang rather than the WBC ranked number two Mexican who is the frontrunner for the title shot.
And he also revealed that the contract could be all done and dusted before the start of next week.
Arum told Ringside Reporter: “No not really [Andy Ruiz]. We’re focusing on the Chinese kid that beat Joe Joyce, Zhilei Zhang, he’s the frontrunner for that fight.
“It’s likely for July, we’re trying to close that out over this weekend.”
“Big Bang” Zhang instantly called Fury out as he outlined his ambition for a dream homecoming in China after his stunning upset against Joyce.
The 6ft 6in heavyweight returned to London 11 years after losing to Anthony Joshua in the Olympics.
But he made no mistakes in his quest for redemption in the capital as he brutally left Joyce unable to continue following six rounds due to eye swelling.
Zhang inherited the WBO interim title and mandatory challenger status for the full belt held by Usyk but instead it was WBC champion Fury who he wanted after bouncing back from defeat to Filip Hrgovic, 30, in August.
He told SecondsOut: “Tyson Fury in China.
“I feel like people were questioning about my conditioning and stamina after the Hrgovic fight.
“But for me, I have such a successful training camp. My boxing and conditioning trainers stayed on top of it.
“I know that Joe Joyce wanted to take this to deep water and drown me, but I’m here.
“You can drown me if you want, but I’m ready for twelve rounds.”
Frequently Asked Questions
How to throw the jab
To throw a jab, simply follow this simple step-by-step guide:
- Get up with both feet.
- Lift your arm up above your shoulder.
- Bring your fist down towards your target.
- After hitting your target, raise your arm upwards.
- Repeat steps 1 to 4.
What is the maximum number of punches a person can take?
A punch can be defined as “a blow delivered with a fist”. Only one punch can be sustained by a human. If someone hits you in your face, it is punching. You can’t hit them/her back. This would be two punches.
How long does learning boxing take?
Boxing takes approximately 3 months to learn. This includes learning basic skills like footwork and stance. It’s important to remember that boxing is not only about throwing punches. You need to learn how you can block and dodge attacks.
- It is just like normal sparring with a partner, but you want to throw punches at 75% of your normal speed. (wikihow.com)
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Here are the Basic Skills of Boxing
How to box effectively
Boxing has become a very popular sport. It involves two people who attempt to knock each other out of their heads. Different countries have different rules. There are three types generally of boxing: Amateur (Professional) and Olympic (Olympic).
Amateur boxing usually takes place at school, college and university. This type includes sparring sessions using padded gloves, but without protection. Amateur boxing matches usually consist of three rounds lasting five minutes each. There are many styles of amateur boxing such as Kickboxing or Muay Thai, Taekwondo and Karate, Judo and Wrestling, among others.
Boxing professionals are usually trained in clubs, gyms, or stadiums. They are protected by protective equipment like a mouthpiece, nose protector, shinguards, elbow pads and knee pads, waist belt, and groin protection. Professional boxing competitions have six rounds that last four minutes each. There are several different styles of professional boxing including Boxing, MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Taekwondo and others.
Olympic boxing takes place at the Olympics. Special protective gear must be worn by boxers to ensure compliance with international standards. The competition lasts for eight rounds, each lasting three minutes. Olympic boxing has only two styles, Light Flyweight vs Heavyweight.
The basic skills of boxing are:
- Punching techniques
- Techniques for protecting yourself
- The body moves
- Spare parts
There are seven types. Each punch comes with its own technique. Some punches are more powerful than others. For example, an uppercut requires great force. A straight punch on the other side requires less power, but is more effective than other punches.
There are also different combinations. These are combinations that combine punches to accomplish a particular goal. A combination may have multiple parts. For example, a left hook followed by a right cross will cause damage to the opponent’s jaw.
A boxer uses his body to protect himself against attacks. He does this using his legs and arms, elbows as well as hands, knees and feet.
Boxers should use their legs to defend against kicks. If he gets kicked, he raises one leg and turns away from his attacker. If the attacker is coming from the front, he will bend at the knees to avoid getting kicked on either side. But if the attack comes in the back, he will stand straight and block the kick using his foot.
Because elbow strikes inflict a lot of pain, they are very effective. You can either deliver an elbow strike directly, or indirectly. Directly, you strike your opponent with your forearm. Indirectly, you hit him with another portion of your arm.
Boxers use their hands to block incoming blows. To do this, they raise their fists higher than their heads and move their arms in the direction that the attack is coming. Then they make contact with the attacker’s fist.
To absorb the impact of a punch to the stomach, abdomen, or chest, boxers should bend their knees. Knee strikes can be used to defend yourself.
Boxers should respond to being attacked by their opponent by standing back and delivering counter-attacks. This will help him gain distance from his opponent. In addition, when delivering a counter-attack, a boxer should keep his balance.
Boxing is only possible if a boxer has a clear stance. His stance will determine how he defends. It determines his position and the direction he will face. Boxers can take many different stances. These are some of our most favorite:
- Low stance
- High stance
- Southpaw stance
- Western stance
Move your body
In order to win a fight, a boxer must move around his opponent. This includes changing speed, position and rhythm.
When a boxer throws a punch, he rotates in order to increase the reach of his arm. Depending on what punch is being thrown, the speed of rotation varies.
The timing of each punch will determine the effectiveness and efficiency of a combination. A combination is good if it starts with a strong punch then ends with a weaker one.
Sparring is a practice session designed to improve boxing skills . A sparring session is where a boxer trains both his mind and his body. The purpose of sparring is, in short, to learn how fight and not get hurt.
In conclusion, learning to box requires dedication and patience. You need to train hard and long in order to become a better boxer.