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Zhilei Zhang vs. Deontay Wilder: Joseph Parker makes his prediction

Zhilei Zhang vs. Deontay Wilder: Joseph Parker makes his predictionMark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
The former world champion has shared the ring with both men.

One of the standout matchups on tonight's Queensberry vs. Matchroom 5v5 card is the heavyweight contest between Zhilei Zhang and former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. 

The clash, which will be broadcast live on DAZN, carries significant implications for the careers of both fighters. 

Zhang and Wilder have recently suffered losses to former world champion Joseph Parker, and this fight is a last chance saloon to stay at the heavyweight division's top table with the loser possibly facing retirement. 

Parker, who is in Riyadh for the event, made his prediction for the fight after beating Wilder and Zhang in his two most recent outings. 

"This fight, honestly, excites me. I’m so happy to be here to watch this fight live,” Parker said when appearing on the 5 Live Boxing podcast.

“Both guys can bang so both guys can knock each other out. I feel that in this fight we’re gonna see a different Wilder.

“I feel like he’s gonna come out more vicious. Zhang looks like he’s trimmed down a bit so hopefully that’ll help with his conditioning but for this fight, I’m favouring Wilder. I think it’s make or break for these guys.

“The loser will get pushed towards retirement or have smaller show fights. You can’t really do that when you’ve been at this level. It’s a lot harder.”

Ahead of the opening bell even more intrigue has surrounded this fight after Friday's weigh-in with Wilder registering 214.6lbs on the scales. This is 68.2lbs lighter than Zhang who weighed in at 282.8lbs. 

Could this huge difference in weight be the difference? 

This question will be answered later today when Zhang and Wilder go head-to-head live on DAZN

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