Joe Joyce Vs Zhilei Zhang: Everything You Need To Know

We've got you covered ahead of a hard-hitting night of boxing at the Copper Box Arena
07:00, 10 Apr 2023

Joe Joyce returns to the ring this weekend for what could be a hard-hitting affair against fellow Olympic silver medalist Zhilei Zhang.

The WBO interim heavyweight champion has been patiently waiting for a world title shot having torn his way through the professional ranks, winning all 15 of his bouts - 14 inside the distance. 

Should the Juggernaut deal with Zhang on Saturday night, he should surely find himself on the cusp of a title shot but his Chinese opponent is certainly no mug, and has the ability and, most importantly, durability to give Joyce a tough night’s work.

Here’s everything you need to know about a card that also sees Denzel Bentley and Kieran Smith go head-to-head for the British middleweight title, as well as the return of Mikaela Mayer. 

Where: Copper Box Arena, London, United Kingdom

When: Saturday, April 15

How To Watch: BT Sport. The main card gets underway at 7pm with ringwalks for Joyce vs Zhang expected at about 10pm. 

Tale Of The Tape:


Place Of Birth: London, United Kingdom

Age: 37

Alias: Juggernaut 

Record: 15-0 (14) 

Height: 6’6’’

Reach: 80’’

Stance: Orthodox

Last Fight: Joyce stopped former WBO world heavyweight champion Joseph Parker with a left hook to the chin in the 11th round at Manchester Arena in September. 


Place Of Birth: Zhoukou, China 

Age: 39

Alias: Big Bang

Record: 24-1-1 (19) 

Height: 6’6’’

Reach: N/A

Stance: Southpaw

Last Fight: Zhang found himself on the wrong end of a controversial unanimous decision verdict against Filip Hrgovic in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on the undercard of Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua’s rematch. 

What They Say:

Joyce: “He bangs so I will have to watch out for it.

“It will be carnage in the centre of the ring! I have lost my temper a few times in sparring and once was against a come-forward southpaw who was trying to knock me out. It was an exciting spar.

“I think with me and Zhang there will be real heavy punches exchanged and I am sure it will be a good fight."

Zhang: "Joe Joyce and I share a lot in common – we both are Olympic silver medalists, both are big punchers, and are nearly the same size. This is going to be an explosive, epic and tremendous fight."

Full Fight Card:

Joe Joyce vs Zhilei Zhang, heavyweight

Denzel Bentley vs Kieran Smith, BBBofC British middleweight title

Sam Noakes vs Karthik Sathish Kumar, lightweight 

Mikaela Mayer vs Christina Linardatou, lightweight

Eithan James vs Georgi Velichkov, welterweight

Sonny Ali vs Richard Helm, welterweight

Moses Itauma vs Kostiantyn Dovbyshchenko, heavyweight

Seth Gyimah vs Darryl Sharp, light-heavyweight

Joel Kodua vs Seamus Devlin, super-welterweight 

Betfred Odds:

Joyce: 1/10

Zhang: 13/2

Draw: 20/1

Betfred's Latest Boxing Odds*

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