Zhilei Zhang vs Joe Joyce II Prediction, Preview, and Odds (Sep 23)
- Zhilei Zhang caused a huge upset earlier this year after beating Joe Joyce by TKO
- Winner of this bout will likely face a world title showdown with Oleksandr Usyk in 2024.
A huge fight with massive ramifications in the heavyweight division will take place in London on Saturday, as the mandatory challenger for Oleksandr Usyk’s WBO title will be determined. Zhilei Zhang holds the advantage after scoring a shock TKO win in the first fight against Joe Joyce, but can the Brit respond this weekend?
How To Watch
- When: Saturday, September 23, 2023
- Where: Wembley Arena, London, England
- How To Watch: ESPN+
A future world title shot hangs in the balance at Wembley Arena on Saturday, as Zhilei Zhang looks to confirm his recent win over Joe Joyce. The Chinese Olympian was the huge outsider in the betting for the first meeting between the pair in April, but he scored a stunning sixth-round TKO victory after it was determined that the Brit was unable to continue.
The result sent shockwaves across the heavyweight division, but Zhang’s win shouldn’t have been a shock outcome. He has been excellent throughout his professional career, winning 25 of his 27 professional bouts. His only defeat was suffered in August 2022, but the unanimous decision loss against Filip Hrgovic was rightly criticized by many, as fans believed that the result should have gone the opposite way.
Saturday will be the biggest night in Joyce’s career, as he looks to get back on track after suffering a shock defeat at the hands of Zhang. However, the Brit has made a career out of coming back from huge setbacks better than ever, and that is one of the key reasons why he is ranked as the second best active heavyweight by TBRB.
Joyce has won 15 of his 16 professional fights, with a staggering 14 of his victories coming by knockout. The standout win was achieved against Joseph Parker, as he became the WBO interim champion after becoming the first man to stop the Kiwi heavyweight. But, the pressure will certainly be on this weekend, as he looks to show why he is considered one of the very best on the planet.
Zhilei Zhang vs Joe Joyce Prediction
This is a fascinating bout in the heavyweight division, and the pressure will be on Joyce. However, we truly believe that he would have learned his lessons from that first professional defeat, and we could see him stopping Zhang in the final six rounds.