Joe ‘The Juggernaut’ Joyce (15-0-0, 14 KO’s) faces the large puncher Zhilei Zhang (24-1-1, 19 KO’s) in a title protection of his interim WBO heavyweight title on April fifteenth in London, England.
Keith Idec of BoxingScene is reporting the information of the Joyce vs. Zhang battle, which is able to put the winner in a first-rate place to battle for the WBO belt.
#12 WBO Zhang remains to be getting the chance to battle Joyce for his interim belt regardless of having misplaced his final contest to Filip Hrgovic by a 12 spherical unanimous choice final August, albeit a controversial defeat.
The 2-time Olympian Zhang fought properly, and lots of boxing followers noticed him because the clear winner afterward. Ideally, Hrgovic ought to have given Zhang a rematch, but it surely didn’t occur.
Now Zhang is taking over Joyce to place himself able to battle the winner of the Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk battle. At 39, this is likely to be Zhang’s final probability to earn a title shot.
If Zhang loses to Joyce, it’s not reasonable for hope to work his approach into place for a title shot earlier than he ages out. Zhang can nonetheless earn a living by hanging across the heavyweight division the way in which Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora have executed.
These two have made hundreds of thousands simply by hanging round, struggling losses, however then selecting up wins in opposition to lesser opposition to remain related.
Fury has been vocal about eager to battle Joyce after he faces Usyk in March or April. If Zhang defeats Joyce, Fury should change his plans and go in that path if he desires to maintain the WBO belt.
The 2016 Olympic silver medalist Joyce might be taking over yet one more large puncher since he turned skilled in 2017. Within the final 5 years, Joyce has crushed this assassin’s row of energy punchers:
- Joseph Parker
- Daniel Dubois
- Alexander Ustinov
- Bermane Stiverne
- Joe Hanks
- Carlos Takam
- Iago Kiladze
- Bryant Jennings
If Joyce beats Zhang, he’ll be combating for the WBO belt subsequent except it’s vacated by the Fury-Usyk winner, during which case he’ll doubtless be elevated to full champion by the World Boxing Group.
That’s not how Joyce desires to develop into a champion, however he may scare away Fury or Usyk, who can earn more money combating Anthony Joshua with far much less threat concerned.
Some may argue that Joyce has confronted higher total competitors throughout his brief skilled profession than Tyson Fury.
That is likely to be arduous to imagine, however if you have a look at Fury’s resume, the one two names that stand out are Deontay Wilder and Wladimir Klitschko.