Joyce (15-0) will put his WBO interim title on the line against the Chinese southpaw, Zhang (24-1). Both arrive into the bout with mixed results.
Yet, Zhang, on another day, could have walked out victorious, with murmurs over the decision.
Joyce’s jab and durable chin will be key to walking down the 39-year-old, who clearly isn’t getting any younger, with plenty of miles on the clock.
In contrast, Zhang, the crafty southpaw, will attempt to use his speed, movement and left hand to keep Joyce at bay. Joyce currently holds the required position to challenge Oleksandr Usyk’s WBO title.
Should he successfully endure the challenge ahead, he would put himself up for a chance to become a world champion for the first time.
And in the process, he could throw a spanner in the works for the undisputed bout involving Usyk and Tyson Fury. Victory for Zhang, however, would revitalize his credentials at the twilight of his career.
Joe Joyce vs. Zhilei Zhang – WBO interim heavyweight title
Denzel Bentley vs. Kieran Smith – Middleweight
Sam Noakes vs. Karthik Kumar – Lightweight
Mikaela Mayer vs. Lucy Wildheart – Lightweight
Sonny Ali vs. Richard Helm – Welterweight
Moses Itouma vs. Kostiantyn Dovbyshchenko – Heavyweight
Where And When
The main event of the card will begin at 2 pm. ET on ESPN+/ 7 pm. BST on BT Sport.
The undercard begins at 12 pm. ET /5 pm. BST. The main fighters are expected to enter the ring at 6 pm. ET/11 pm. BST time.