Heavyweight hopeful Zhang Zhilei halts Scott Alexander in a single spherical on Canelo-Bivol undercard

Zhang Zhilei. Photograph by German Villasenor

LAS VEGAS – Chinese language heavyweight hopeful Zhang Zhilei stored his desires of sooner or later difficult for a world title alive with a one-punch opening-round KO of late-sub Scott Alexander on the Canelo Alvarez-Dmitry Bivol undercard on Saturday at T-Cellular Enviornment.

Zhang Zhilei nails Scott Alexander with a heavy left cross. Photograph by German Villasenor

The scheduled 10-round heavyweight attraction was the opening bout of the DAZN PPV broadcast.

Zhilei (24-0-1, 19 KO), a southpaw former beginner standout, put his large 6-foot-6 body to good use with a perfectly-timed straight left that deposited Alexander (16-5-2, 8 KOs), a journeyman from L.A. who had by no means been stopped, flat on his again and unable to proceed. The bout was waved off at 1:54 of the spherical.

Alexander crammed in for Filip Hrgovic, who withdrew from the battle simply 5 days in the past because of the current passing of his father. Hrgovic, who’s The Ring’s No . 9-rated heavyweight, would have been the primary reputable contender the 39-year-old Zhilei has confronted in his eight-year profession.

A victory over the extremely touted Croatian would have vaulted Zhilei up the sanctioning physique rankings and in place for his dream shot at whoever holds the heavyweight belts if and when he reaches that time. There’s speak that Zhilei-Hrgovic may be rescheduled later this 12 months.


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