Heavyweights Joe Joyce and Joseph Parker will clash on September 24 at AO Arena in Manchester. Joe "The Juggernaut" Joyce has a remarkable 93% knockout to win percentage with 13 knockouts in 14 fights. Joyce lost to Frenchman Tony Yoka for silver in the 2016 Olympics, a closely contested match. Joe is renowned for having a granite chin and often comes forward with his 6ft6 stature, taking a lot of punishment before delivering the knockout punch. Contrarily, Joseph Parker has a superior record, having defeated 32 opponents and winning 30 of them by KO, with the other two defeats coming at the hands of Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte. Parker defeated Andy Ruiz in December 2016 to become the first heavyweight boxer from New Zealand to become The Heavyweight Champion of the World. Both are tough, possessing brawny chins, and the fight might go either way.
Main event: Joe Joyce vs. Joseph Parker
Date: September 24, 2022 (Saturday)
Time: 5:00 PM EST / 2:00 PM PST / 2:30 AM IST (next day)
Location: AO Arena, Manchester
Joe Joyce has the powerful knockout ability, but he has never advanced past the 10th round in a professional fight. Joe Joyce only fights one way: by charging forward, attacking, and wearing down his opponent until he finally hits the finishing blow. He is now competing against better opponents, but his defense is questionable. Despite Joe Joyce being the slight underdog, Joseph Parker has a good chance of winning this fight. Parker is also six years younger than Joyce, which could be crucial in the final rounds. Joyce’s best victory to date was against Daniel Dubois in the tenth round.
Parker has outlasted heavyweights like Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte throughout 12-rounds. He has reached the final round in 8 of his 32 pro fights. Parker appears to be growing better and better under trainer Andy Lee. In this bout, Parker's endurance and fitness will make the difference. Parker has a good chin. He was knocked out twice in the fight with Whyte, but he finished it nonetheless. Then Parker rose off the ground once again during his battle with Chisora to earn a unanimous decision victory. This result may demonstrate Parker's vulnerability, but it also shows how effectively he can take a hit and bounce back from it. Parker's endurance and fitness will make the difference in this match.