Their first meeting in April saw “The Juggernaut” suffer the first defeat of his career, with Zhang springing an upset.
Joyce came into the fight much lighter and duly suffered from the fearsome hand speed that “Big Bang” has in his repertoire, with Zhang constantly finding success around the Brit’s right eye. This pressure eventually showed itself and a TKO was called in round 6, leaving Joyce without his WBO interim title.
He is now entering must-win territory for the 38-year-old. Anything other than a win would leave Joyce well out of the world title picture, a remarkable thing to consider given the impressive manner of his victory over Joseph Parker just a year ago.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Joyce vs Zhang 2 date, start time, location and ring walks
Joyce vs Zhang 2 is scheduled to take place on Saturday September 23, 2023 at the OVO Wembley Arena in London.
The undercard is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. BST and the main event ring walks are expected around 10:30 p.m.
Joyce vs Zhang 2 fight card/undercard in full
The major name on the undercard is Anthony Yarde, who is making a comeback after his loss to Artur Beterbiev in January.
- Joe Joyce vs. Zhilei Zhang
- Pierce O’Leary vs. Kane Gardner
- Anthony Yarde vs TBD
- Sam Noakes vs. Carlos Pérez
- Zach Parker vs. Khalid Graidia
- Ezra Taylor vs. Joel McIntyre
- Royston Barney-Smith vs TBD
- Moïse Itauma against Amine Boucetta
- Tommy Fletcher vs. Alberto Tapia
- Aloys Youmbi vs. Erik Nazaryan
- Sean Noakes vs. Lukasz Barabas
How to watch Joyce vs. Zhang 2
TV channel: The entire card will be broadcast on TNT Sports 2.
Direct: TNT Sports subscribers will be able to watch live via the TNT Sports app.
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Joyce vs. Zhang Fight Prediction 2
This is going to be extremely difficult for Joyce, who must be given credit for taking such a risk in his career. Still, his game plan surely can’t backfire as much as it did in the first fight. Needing to win, he has the power and engine to do it.
Joyce wins by TKO.
Joyce vs. Zhang 2 weigh-in results
The two fighters will decide on Friday, September 22, 2023. Then come back for the results!
Joyce vs Zhang Latest 2 Odds
Joyce winning: 11/10
Zhang winner: 8/11
Joyce wins by KO/TKO: 10/3
Zhang wins by KO/TKO: 6/4
Joyce wins by decision: 12/5
Zhang wins by decision: 7/2
Odds provided by Betfair and subject to change.