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Frank Warren says boxers are fighting for their careers in 5v5 bout

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Frank Warren says boxers are fighting for their careers in 5v5 boutMark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Queensbury vs. Matchroom takes place this weekend.

One of the most anticipated bouts of Saturday's Queensbury vs Match 5v5 is Deontay Wilder's clash against Zhilei Zhang.

The closely matched heavyweights both come into the fight after difficult defeats to Joseph Parker and are looking to get back in the conversation for a title shot with a win in Saudi Arabia. 

Speaking ahead of the fight, Frank Warren broke down the two fighters and what they will bring to the encounter. 

"Then we get to the two guys who lost in their last two fights. 'Big Bang' Zhang - tremendous fighter, love him to death," Warren told TNT Sports. 

"He's got great pedigree, silver medalist in the Olympics. Real character, really a nice guy. Last fight against Parker, he had him on the floor twice, there was nothing in that fight at the end because of the knockdowns.

"He gassed a bit at the end, no doubt about it. He's in tremendous shape, he's trained very hard for this," 

Zhang comes up against one of the biggest punchers in the game in Wilder, but whatever the outcome, Warren believes that both men are fighting to keep their career intact. 

He added: "He's in with a guy [Wilder] who, in his last fight, looked dreadful. Looked a shell of himself. If he comes out and fights like that, it's all over.

"So he's got to come out and redeem himself, he's got to come out and show that he still deserves a place at that big table, and we will see what he can do.

"He's the hardest punching heavyweight of his generation, without a doubt," Warren said about the Bronze Bomber. "So you know it’s going to be exciting because Zhang bangs as well.

"At the end of the day, that fight, everything rides on it. It’s Matchroom’s captain so they’re really putting a lot of faith in him. Can he do it? I hope not. If he does do it, we might be in a little bit of trouble but I hope that’s not going to be the case. 

"But the loser, he's down. He's going to struggle at his age to come back. They are fighting for their careers."

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