Joe Joyce vs Zhilei Zhang 2 LIVE: Fight result after devastating knockout tonight



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Joe Joyce suffered a second straight loss to Zhilei Zhang on Saturday, as the Chinese heavyweight stopped the Briton once again.

Zhang, 40, dominated Joyce in April, damaging the 38-year-old’s eye to the point of closure and sealing a sixth-round stoppage. And when the pair returned to London on Saturday, it took Zhang just three rounds to repeat the trick at Wembley Arena.

Joyce looked tentative throughout the first three rounds, hesitant to engage and troubled by Zhang’s output. Then, in the final seconds of Round 3, Zhang threw a clean left cross and landed a devastating right hook, dropping Joyce heavily. It was the first time in the Briton’s career that he had hit the canvas, and he narrowly failed to beat the referee’s count after the bell sounded.

With the result, Zhang retained the WBO interim title that he took from Joyce in April, meaning a clash with official champion Oleksandr Usyk may be next for “Big Bang”.

Re-live updates from Joyce vs Zhang and the undercard fights, below.

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Joyce vs Zhang 2 LIVE: Repeat as “Big Bang” wins again

Joe Joyce suffered a second straight loss to Zhilei Zhang on Saturday, as the Chinese heavyweight stopped the Briton once again.

Joyce looked tentative throughout the first three rounds, hesitant to engage and troubled by Zhang’s output. Then, in the final seconds of Round 3, Zhang landed a clean left cross and devastating right hook, dropping Joyce heavily.

It was the first time in the Briton’s career that he had hit the canvas, and he narrowly failed to beat the referee’s count after the bell sounded.

With the result, Zhang retained the WBO interim title that he took from Joyce in April, meaning a clash with official champion Oleksandr Usyk may be next for “Big Bang”.

Meanwhile, there will be questions over Joyce’s place at the top level after back-to-back stoppage losses. At the very least, the 38-year-old faces a tough route back towards a world-title fight, without much time to secure one.

Alex Pattle23 September 2023 23:30

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Alex Pattle23 September 2023 23:56

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Joyce vs Zhang 2 LIVE: Repeat as “Big Bang” wins again

And what next for Joyce? Is that the end for him at the top level?

Alex Pattle23 September 2023 23:22

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Joyce vs Zhang 2 LIVE: Repeat as “Big Bang” wins again

Who’s next for Zhang? He’s WBO interim champion; will he take on official champion Oleksandr Usyk in 2024?

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Alex Pattle23 September 2023 23:16

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Alex Pattle23 September 2023 23:13

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Joyce vs Zhang 2 LIVE: Repeat as “Big Bang” wins again

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Alex Pattle23 September 2023 23:11

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Joyce vs Zhang 2 LIVE: Repeat as “Big Bang” wins again

Zhilei Zhang def. Joe Joyce via third-round KO (3:07).

That was the first time that Joyce has ever been knocked down in his pro career.

Alex Pattle23 September 2023 23:08

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What a shot from Zhang. A clean right hook, after a left cross down the pipe.

Joyce is now on his feet thankfully.

Alex Pattle23 September 2023 23:06

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Joyce vs Zhang 2 LIVE: Repeat as “Big Bang” wins again

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Alex Pattle23 September 2023 23:05

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Joyce vs Zhang 2 LIVE: Round 3

Joyce closes range but fails to pull the trigger. Then he’s backed up by Zhang, who lands a double-jab, right hand!

Joyce with a light cross to the head. He’s not committing to his shots at all, and they’re not exactly carrying much pace…

Zhang unloads again, teeing off on Joyce to the head and body! Joyce is able to arrest the momentum somewhat, fighting behind his jab.

OH! AND JOYCE GOES DOWN FROM A LEFT HAND AND RIGHT HOOK! THE BELL GOES, BUT HE CAN’T BEAT THE REFEREE’S COUNT ANYWAY!! IT’S ALL OVER!

Alex Pattle23 September 2023 23:03



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