Joe Joyce v Joseph Parker: everything you need to know
Saturday, September 24th sees a colossal clash in the heavyweight division, as Joe Joyce (14-0) welcomes Kiwi Joseph Parker (30-2) to the AO Arena in Manchester, as the two contest for the WBC, Silver, WBO International, and WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight titles & you can watch it live with We Love Sport.
Sat 24 Sept | 6:00pm
Meet the men in action
Joyce, 36, is unbeaten in his career, knocking out 13 of his 14 opponents including Daniel Dubiois and Carlos Takam. The Olympic silver medallist has had a stellar career so far, but he is entering the latter years of his career, so he needs to get a move on if he wants to get a world title.
Joseph Parker, 30, on the other hand, has had 32 fights and has only lost two – back to back defeats against Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte. He is unbeaten since 2018 nonetheless, so he has earned his position in the spotlight.
What does this fight mean for the heavyweight division?
The men are number 1 and number 2 ranked by the WBO, so this fight has huge implications for the future of heavyweight boxing and the winner most likely to have a world title shot within the next 12 months. It is Tyson Fury that holds the WBO belt, and for as long as that is the case, the WBO title situation will never be clear. Nobody knows if he’s retired, fighting Anthony Joshua or Oleksandr Uysk, but both Joyce and Parker are aware that once that whole situation is cleared up, the winner of this is next in line.
Date and start time
The fight takes places on the 24th of September, which is a Saturday night. At the time of writing, there are 11 fights including the main event. The approximate time of the main event walk out is 10:30pm
Where and how to watch
The best place to watch all sporting events is live, we all know that. However, at We Love Sport venues, we are trying our hardest to bring the immersive stadium and arena feel to the pubs across the country, so you feel like you’re there.
The fight is available on BT pay-per-view, so get a couple of mates, grab a table and get a feel of what we offer for these great heavyweight clashes. Who knows, it could be your trial run for an All-British Heavyweight Championship showdown in a few months.
We Love Sport’s Prediction
Joseph Parker has been around for a long time and is a former world champion, so he isn’t someone that should be underestimated. He was the first man to take Anthony Joshua the full 12 rounds and has defeated Derek Chisora twice in his last two fights. However, Derek Chisora is a big name more for his antics than his ability nowadays. Joe Joyce has a stellar resume for someone only 14 fights into his pro career. with his phenomenal durability and his great punch power, we feel Joyce will come out on top.
Joe Joyce to win by Unanimous Decision
Full card (not yet finalised)
Joe Joyce (c) vs. Joseph Parker (c) for the WBC, Silver, WBO International, and WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight titles
Amanda Serrano (c) vs. Sarah Mahfoud (c) for the IBF, IBO, WBC, and WBO featherweight titles
Michael Magnesi (c) vs. Anthony Cacace for the IBO super-featherweight title
Ekow Essuman (c) vs. Samuel Antwi for the British, IBF European, and Commonwealth welterweight titles
Nathan Heaney vs. Jack Flatley for the IBO International middleweight title
Raven Chapman vs. Jorgelina Guanini for the WBC International featherweight title
James Heneghan vs. Rod Douglas Jr.
Amaar Akbar vs. Karlo Wallace
Tommy Fletcher vs. TBA
Mark Heffron vs. TBA
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Sat 24 Sept | 6:00pm