It's a clash of no ordinary Joes when heavyweights Joe Joyce and Joseph Parker come together.
Both fighters are on the verge of a world title fight and they are the number one and number two heavyweights in the WBO rankings. The winner of the bout will be elevated to mandatory position to Oleksandr Usyk's WBO title and it promises to be a cracking contest.
Joe Joyce v Joseph Parker
AO Arena, Manchester, England
22:30 Saturday 24th September 2022
How to watch
BT Sport Box Office
Joe Joyce 4/9, Joseph Parker 8/5
The fight will take place on Saturday 24th September 2022.
The main card kicks off at 20:00. The main event fighters are expected to begin their ring walks at 22:30 but exact times will depend on the duration of previous bouts.
The contest will take place at the AO Arena, Manchester. The venue has staged a whole host of events and it was a key setting for the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
In terms of boxing, the AO Arena has a rich history. Amir Khan, Joe Calzaghe, Mike Tyson and David Haye have all fought at the Manchester venue and local hero Ricky Hatton was regularly roared on by a lively crowd.
The fight will be broadcast live on BT Sport Box Office.
Joyce is rated the 4/9 favourite, with former WBO heavyweight champion Parker the 8/5 outsider. It's worth noting that the draw is only a 16/1 shot in this bout.
The Juggernaut is 13/10 to win by decision and 13/5 for a knockout victory. It's 1/2 that the bout goes the distance and 6/4 that it ends before the final bell.
There are no major titles on the line but there is plenty at stake. The winner of this contest will become the mandatory challenger to Usyk's WBO belt. Clearly, there are hurdles to cross between now and then but it will put the prize winner in prime world title position.
The two fighters also feature highly on the WBC rankings and a victory would also increase their standing with that organisation.
Joyce has had just 14 professional bouts and that isn’t a great amount for a 37-year-old fighter. However, the Putney puncher was a late arrival in the paid ranks and the unbeaten Brit has a wealth of amateur experience too.
Joyce won the Commonwealth title against Lenroy Thomas in just his fourth pro bout and the Putney puncher has good victories over Carlos Takam and Christian Hammer.
The Juggernaut’s card is highlighted by an excellent win over the highly-rated and heavy-hitting Daniel Dubois. The relentless come forward style of Joyce would cause any heavyweight problems.
Parker comes into this fight off the back of two decision victories over Derek Chisora. The Kiwi won the vacant WBO belt when defeating Andy Ruiz back in 2016.
The South Auckland slugger also has victories over Takam and the impressive Hughie Fury.
The only two defeats on the 30-year-olds card came against British pair Dillian Whyte and Anthony Joshua, but Parker took both of those boxers the distance.
The Kiwi has sometimes underwhelmed, but perhaps training camps and preparation haven't always been what they should have. Parker has linked up with impressive trainer Andy Lee and that could bring about some change and improvement.
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