WBA world cruiserweight champion Ryad Merhy (29-1, 24 KOs) will make the first defense of his title on July 17th in Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium vs Zhaoxin Zhang (10-1-1) of China. Merhy was elevated from interim champion to regular champion earlier this year. The 12 round main event will be the first fight for Merhy in nearly two years but he is the local favorite with a lot of hometown fan support. Zhang will be looking to make history by becoming China´s first-ever cruiserweight world champion. The event will be promoted by Alain Vanackere of 12 Rounds Promotions and Nicolas Vanackere as the matchmaker.
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|Event||Make History: Merhy vs Zhang|
|Date||Saturday 17 July 2021|
|Venue||Stade Roi Baudouin, Belgium|
Merhy vs Zhang stats
Ryad Merhy steps into the ring with a record of 29 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 24 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Zhaoxin Zhang will make his way to the ring with a record of 10 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw, with 6 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggest Merhy has a large advantage in power over Zhang, boosting at 83% knock out percentage over Zhang’s 60%.
Ryad Merhy is the older man by 3 years, at 28 years old.
Both Ryad Merhy & Zhaoxin Zhang fight out of an orthodox stance.
Merhy is the more experienced professional fighter, having had 18 more fights, and made his debut in 2013, 4 years and 1 month earlier than Zhang, whose first professional fight was in 2017. He has fought 94 more professional rounds, 144 to Zhang’s 50.
Zhaoxin Zhang is currently ranked number 14 by the WBA in the 200lb division.
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