The huge Chinese heavyweight knocked out Alexander with a devastating straight left hand that
knocked Alexander flat on his back in the first round. Referee Robert Hoyle quickly called an
end to the action as Alexander clearly wasn’t fit to continue on the Canelo Alvarez-Dmitry Bivol undercard at T-Mobile Arena.
The official time of the stoppage was 1:54 of the first round. Alexander was
still disoriented when he was helped to his feet, but he left the ring without assistance.
Zhilei, a southpaw who won a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, upped his record to 24-0-1
recorded his 19th knockout. Los Angeles’ Alexander (16-5-2, 8 KOs) lost by knockout for the first time in nearly 13 years as a pro.
The 6-foot-6, 276-pound Zhilei was supposed to face Croatian contender Filip
Hrgovic (14-0, 12 KOs) in an IBF elimination match Saturday night. Hrgovic withdrew
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