Roc Nation Boxers Zhang Zhilei & Meng Fanlong Face
Toughest Challenges To Date Nov. 24 In Monaco
Roc Nation Sports today announced that heavyweight fighter
Zhang Zhilei (26-0, 16 KOs) and light heavyweight boxer Meng
Fanlong (13-0, 8 KOs) will make their highly-anticipated
broadcast debuts on DAZN on Saturday, November 24 at Le
Casino de Monte Carlo in Monaco. The event will be promoted
by Matchroom Boxing.
Zhilei will serve as one of the event’s headliners in the
biggest fight of his career, as the 35-year-old defends his
WBO Oriental Heavyweight title against Alexander Ustinov
(34-2, 25 KO’s). Meanwhile, Fanlong (13-0, 8 KO’s) – the
reigning IBF Intercontinental Light Heavyweight champion –
will take on England’s Frank Buglioni (23-3-1, 16 KO’s) in
his most high-profile fight to date.
“I really want to thank our friends Eddie Hearn and Frank
Smith for giving us such a great platform. This card will be
an incredible opportunity for Zhilei and Fanlong to showcase
their skills in front of a global audience,” Roc Nation
Sports promoter Dino Duva said. “Both fighters are absolute
stars in the making and I know they’re looking forward to
shining on an international platform in what are by far the
toughest fights of their careers.”
For Zhilei, he’s looking to topple Ustinov and pave the way
for a potential world heavyweight championship fight against
titleholder Anthony Joshua. If the bout comes to fruition,
it would serve as a rematch from the quarterfinals of the
2012 London Olympics, when Joshua defeated Zhilei en route
to winning the super heavyweight gold medal.
In the meantime, Zhilei – ranked No. 6 in the world by the
WBO – will be looking to maintain his momentum after
defeating Don Haynesworth in front of his fans in China on
September 28 via a third-round TKO.
Fanlong, however, has his sights set on propelling his
ascension toward the top of the light heavyweight ranks.
This fight will mark Fanlong’s first fight since July 20,
when he defeated Chris Eppley via first-round TKO at the
WinnaVegas Casino & Resort in Sloan, Iowa.