Boxing Results: Joseph Parker defeats Zhilei Zhang, captures WBO interim heavyweight title 

WBO interim heavyweight champion Zhilei Zhang (26-2-1, 21 KOs) looked his age tonight, losing a 12-round majority decision to former WBO champion Joseph Parker (35-3, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The 40-year-old Zhang, who weighed 291 lbs last Thursday, dropped Parker in rounds three and eight but failed to do much in any of the other rounds. He looked tired and allowed Parker to get the better of the action.

Similar to Parker’s last fight against 38-year-old Deontay Wilder, he didn’t look great but was fighting an older fighter who wasn’t throwing punches.

If this had been the ultra-aggressive Joe Joyce that Parker was fighting, he likely would have folded as he did in their fight in 2022, but Zhang showed poor stamina from the get-go and rarely threw anything.