Joe Joyce and Joseph Parker are about to go head-to-head in the ring this fall.
Although Joyce has been a strong fighter with strong defense skills, Joseph Parker is prepared to end it all for Joyce.
When the two fighters meet September 24 at AO Arena in Manchester, England, the former WBO heavyweight champion claimed that he is prepared for a Joyce knockout.
“I will hurt him,” Parker said. “Yeah, I will hurt Joe. … I’m gonna beat him, get him out of there and get the win. That’s what I’m gonna do.”
For Joe Joyce’s team, they hope to push the fight with Joseph Parker for the WBC title. This comes after Tyson Fury announced retirement.
After calling it quits for four months, Fury claimed that he was returning to fight Derek Chisora, for a third time. But only two days later, Fury doubled down on his retirement and vacated his Ring Magazine belt.
Now, it is unknown if Fury will do the same for his WBC title. He has been given until August 26 to give his decision.
Joyce’s team is hoping for his heavyweight bout with Parker, with Joyce going home with the vacant belt.
But due to Fury’s deadline, Joyce’s request might not go as planned.
Oleksandr Usyk must rematch Anthony Joshua first, following his win in September.
Fury promoters hope to see a Fury return for a first ever four-belt heavyweight unification.
Joyce is the WBO mandatory challenger for the winner, but with hopes of unification, he will still have to wait for his shot.
Not only has Parker predicted a knockout for their upcoming bout, but so has Joyce. Five years as a pro, American veteran Bryant Jennings has made it to the 12th round with Joyce (14-0, 13 KOs), who defeated Philadelpha’s Jennings (24-4, 14 KOs) by unanimous decision in July 2019 at O2 Arena in London.
However, Parker (30-2, 21 KOs) has not been knocked out in 32 professional fights. For some background information on Parker, former IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) and British contender Dillian Whyte (28-3, 19 KOs) topped Parker by unanimous decision in back-to-back 12-rounders in 2018, but since then Parker has a six-bout streak.
Joyce had joked about Parker’s punches comparing to tickles, but Parker was not afraid in responding to Joyce. Parker shared that Joyce will feel what 93 percent of his pro opponents have learned when they’ve met him in the ring.
“I’m gonna beat your a– up and get you out of there and get the win and then move on,” said Parker, whose past three fights have gone the 12-round distance. “Actually, oh sorry, you’ve locked me into a rematch clause. So, I’m gonna have a rematch with you again in December. I don’t need a rematch clause because I back myself.”
Joyce took offense to Parker’s statements about the rematch clause.
“I back myself, but, you know, I’m the ‘A’ side, so I’m entitled to my rematch clause,” Joyce said. “The fight’s on now, and I’m gonna put some dents into your face.”
The fighters will headline a BT Sport Box Office pay-per-view show in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Joyce opened as a slight favorite (-166/+130), according to FanDuel.