Joe Joyce will be looking to gain revenge on Zhilei Zhang when they meet for a second time on September 23 at Wembley Arena. Will he gain revenge or will ZZ knock him out again?
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Zhilei Zhang v Joe Joyce II Boxing Betting Tips & Predictions
Joe Joyce had the opportunity to prove he was the future of the heavyweight division when he took on Zhilei Zhang at the Copper Box Arena in April – but he blew it.
The London fighter was outclassed by the Chinese boxer with Zhang dominating from the opening bell.
Zhang eventually got Joyce out of there with a sixth-round stoppage. I don’t know if Joyce underestimated Zhang, but he certainly surprised him.
The victory saw Zhang become the WBO interim heavyweight champion and that belt will be on the line again on September 23.
Rematches are difficult for both fighters. After Zhang’s dominating performance, many will expect him to do the same, but Joyce will still be hurting and he will need to make a statement.
This is basically a flip of the coin. I am backing Joyce to be a different animal, and he will box clever to get a points decision win to regain his championship belt.
Joe Joyce v Zhilei Zhang Boxing Betting Tips & Predictions: Fighter's Predictions
Zhilei Zhang: “I created history last time. I believe the best way to inherit history is to create new ones. I look at the rematch as if it was a new fight; I look at Joe Joyce as if I never fought him before. I started from zero and this is the new self.”
Joe Joyce: “I’m coming back to take back what’s mine. September 23rd I am leaving everything in that ring. No compromises. No underestimating my opponent. Nothing, but a win. Last time out I lost my undefeated professional record. It was hard to take. But after the dust settled, all that will do is make me better. I’ve learned lessons. I’m ready and I am coming for everything.”