oe Joyce and Joseph Parker go head-to-head in a hotly anticipated heavyweight clash in Manchester on Saturday night.
The vacant WBO interim title is on the line in a high-stakes fight in boxing’s blue belt division, with the winner coming in a mandatory challenger to unified champion Oleksandr Usyk, whose hopes of becoming undisputed in the second weight class have suffered. a shot with fellow fighter Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, who are likely to meet in a blockbuster all-British clash in December.
Time is of the essence for the undefeated Joyce (14-0), who turned 37 this week and needs to get going again to make his longtime world title run come true.
“The Juggernaut” came off a career-best win against Daniel Dubois in November 2020, but that has been followed by much more modest stoppages of durable veteran Carlos Takam and former European champion Christian Hammer, the latter coming after months of recovery. out in July with a serious wrist injury.
Parker is a clear step up for Joyce and he himself has ambitions to return to the world title. The New Zealander previously reigned as the WBO champion from 2016 to 2018 after passing Andy Ruiz Jr, successfully defending it against Răzvan Cojanu and Hughie Fury before losing to Joshua on points in Cardiff.
Parker followed that up with another loss to Dillian Whyte but has since gone on a six-fight winning streak to become the WBO Oriental and Intercontinental champion, defeating Derek Chisora twice in seven months in Manchester last year.
Joyce vs Parker date, start time, venue and rounds
Joyce vs. Parker will take place on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at the AO Arena in Manchester, England.
The main undercard kicks off at 19:00 BST, with walkovers to the main event expected around 22:30.
As always, timings are subject to change depending on the length of contests on these undercards.
Full Joyce vs Parker fight card/undercard
Amanda Serrano is the mainstay in Manchester on Saturday as she looks to bounce back from her historic loss to undisputed women’s bantamweight champion Katie Taylor at Madison Square Garden when she fights Sarah Mahfoud.
Unified champion Serrano holds the WBC, WBO and IBO featherweight titles, while Mahfoud holds the IBF version at 126 pounds.
Elsewhere on the intriguing card, Michael Magnesi defends his IBO super featherweight title against Anthony Cacace, while the British lightweight title is between Ekow Essuman and Samuel Antwi.
Stoke, as usual, go to Nathan Heaney, who faces Jack Flatley for the IBO international middleweight gold.
Joe Joyce vs. Joseph Parker
Amanda Serrano vs. Sarah Mahfoud
Michael Magnesi vs. Anthony Cacace
Ekow Essuman vs. Samuel Antwi
Nathan Heaney vs Jack Flatley
Raven Chapman vs. Jorgelina Guanini
James Heneghan vs. Rod Douglas Jr
Callum Thompson vs Delmar Thomas
Amar Akbar vs Karlo Wallace
Mark Heffron vs. Martin Ezequiel Bulacio
Tommy Fletcher vs TBC
How to watch Joyce vs Parker
TV channel: In the UK, Joyce vs Parker is live on BT Sport Box Office for £19.95.
Live stream: Those who bought the fight can also watch it online via the BT Sport Box Office app.
Live blog: The entire card can also be followed via Standard Sport’s live blog on fight night.
Joyce vs Parker fight prediction
Joyce wins by close decision after a bruising and highly entertaining heavyweight slugfest.
Joyce v Parker weigh-in results
Weigh-ins for Saturday night’s main event will take place on Friday afternoon. Then come back to see the results!
Joyce vs Parker Prediction Odds
Joyce to win: 1/2
Parker to win: 6/4
Joyce to win by decision/technical decision: 7/5
Joyce to win by KO, TKO or DQ: 10/23
Parker wins by decision/TKO: 11/4
Parker wins by KO, TKO or DQ: 5/1
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).