Anthony Joshua would gain popularity in China and USA by fighting Zhang Zhilei, it is claimed.

Anthony Joshua’s growing worldwide popularity would be enhanced by another fight with Zhang Zhilei, his old rival believes.

China’s Zhilei was floored and outpointed in the quarter-finals of the London 2012 Olympic Games by Joshua who went on to claim the gold medal.

Six years later Zhilei is unbeaten in 19 fights as a professional and, based in New York City but with his next fight in China on Friday, he believes that he could help Joshua unlock two new markets and increase his global appeal.