Zhang-Forrest ends in a draw

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Three knockdowns weren’t enough. Unbeaten WBO #8, IBF #15 heavyweight Zhilei “Big Bang” Zhang (22-0-1, 17 KOs) and Jerry Forrest (26-4-1, 20 KOs) battled to a ten round draw on Saturday night at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.

Zhang dropped Forrest in each of the first three rounds. However, after that Forrest fought his way back into the fight. A totally gassed Zhang was deducted a point for holding in round nine. Forrest had Zhang wobbling in the final round, but couldn’t drop him. Scores were 95-93 Forrest, 93-93, 93-93.

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    • You’ve been winning round but when you get dropped you lost it 8-10, Forrest did it three times. 6 point margin in the first 3 rounds he is very lucky he salvaged a draw.

      • That’s ridiculous. The only reason Zhang won the 1st 3 rounds is that he has power. No boxing skills at all. Just power. And, Zhang almost got knocked out by a much smaller boxer, who came back from 3 knockdowns. This is a testament to Zhang being overrated, and in no way should be taken seriously.

        Forrest won the fight, despite getting dropped 3 times. And if this was a 12 round fight, Forrest would have knocked Zhang out.

  • chinese dude , no one needs to worry about him at elite level he is b grade fighter at best basically a big gatekeeper or he should retire,

  • Zhang was totally exhausted after rd. 4 but i still think he should have won. Despite the DAZN announcers continuously complaining about Zhang leaning on Forest’s head i don’t think that the ref deducting a point from him was fair because Forest kept coming in with his head down, and the ref even warned him about that once. Without the point deduction Zhang would have won.

    DAZN has the most useless and obnoxious announcers and talking heads and that’s saying something considering what their competition is like these days, Kellerman and the like!

    • Rubish. Rounds 1 & 3 should have been 10-9 rounds for the Zhang, while round 10 should have been 10-8 for Forrest.

      Ok, let’s go by the standard, and not what’s really fair.

      Even with the standard, Jerry won rounds 4 to 10, and Zhang won the 1st 3 rounds. Add 3 points to Zhang, and take away the 1 point from Zhang, and Jerry won the fight by 2 points.

      • Forrest was game once he weathered the storm! Actually enjoyed this fight better than the main event! I did only watch highlights of the main bout since it was a predictable event!

  • Ended up being a tough fight for both fighter in the end. 12 round fight and Forrest would have won. Zhang is very powerful but looks terribly old and worn.

  • Attention: Zhilei “Big Bang” Zhang fans.

    Look on the bright side. Now that Zhang showed he cannot fight, maybe Joe Biden will give Zhilei Jen Psaki’s job. Psaki speaks like Zhang boxes. Except that Psaki has no power. She just gives Uhms and goes around in circles.

  • Entertaining fight…was definitely a draw. Zhang needs better conditioning…he is a good fighter…he is good at what is tough to teach a fighter and that is technical skills and heart..Zhang has the tools to be a champion..impressed with his ability to fight on the inside…He can throw those short compact power punches…even as counters …watch the tape.,.kinda of Riddick Boweish….that is great for a big guy…..this experience shows that conditioning is an issue..True fighters have to be tested and respond….credit to both boxers for being entertaining…

    • Zhang, Antifa, Election Fraud, and COVID. 4 GREAT reasons to impeach Mr. Biden.

      I understand that Timmy from South Park & Zhang are the 2 front runners to replace Jen Psaki. Yes, it is true. Jen is that pathetic.

  • STOP COMPLAINING ABOUT THE ANNOUNCERS…WHO THE HELL WATCHES BOXING TO SEE OR HEAR ANNOUNCERS…. REAL FANS JUST WANT TO SEE QUALITY MATCHUPS ….OR JUST BEING DIRECT ,..SOMEBODY GETTING THEIR ASSKICKED OR WHUPPING SOMEBODY ELSE ASS…

    DONT LIKE THE ANNOUNCERS TURN THE SOUND DOWN AND JUST WATCH THE FIGHT…HELL FOR THE PRICE OF SUBSCRIPTION, I’LL DEAL WITH CRAPPY ANNOUNCERS….

  • Zhang is like a Valuev but much worse if possible, he won’t get much further in the sport.

    • Mike, that’s not true. Valuev was volumes better than Zhang. Zhang really lost all 10 rounds. The only thing that Zhang had going were those 3 knockdowns. Zhang Sucks.

      And he almost got knocked out by a dude 1/2 his size, after the dude was dropped heavy 3 times. Zhang is a JOKE !!

  • Way to go Jerry! Great job standing up against communist China and almost handing their so-called top HW a loss. Evil President Xi must be pissed! Next time, I hope an American knocks this out!! Say “NO!” to socialism and communism!!!!

    • At least Jen Psaki gives us circles. Zhang has no skills. No finesse. Zhang almost got knocked out by a guy 1/2 his size.

    • Todays China has nothing to do with communism. In general, I think Americans should look within the borders of their own country, perhaps they are discovering something that is increasingly beginning to resemble a banana republic, without bananas.

      • Jerry Forrest stood up to Communism & the COVID creators and essentially won, despite getting knocked down 3 times.

        Like his brother (COVID), Zhang proved he is NOTHING.

  • Zhang looks like a 3-round fighter who was forced to go 10 rounds. He lost steam after the third round and was lucky not to get knocked out. He should have remained in the amateurs. He has no future among the top fighters at heavyweight.

  • I would love to see Canelo move up to Heavyweight and knock out Zhang. That would be hilarious.

  • This was really interesting to watch. Zhang looking so dominant early, but it shows he doesn’t have a lot of reserve fuel after the 4th rd. I was thinking Zhang could close it out and then Forrest roars back. If Forrest could make Zhang this uncomfortable and earn the draw then I don’t think Zhang will go much farther.

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