- Zhilei Zhang Stopped Joe Joyce In 6 Rounds In April At The Copper Box
- Joyce And Zhang Rematch On Sep 23 At Wembley’s OVO Arena
- Anthony Yarde Features On Confirmed Zhang vs Joyce 2 Undercard
HEAVYWEIGHT GIANTS Zhilei Zhang and Joe Joyce will rematch at the OVO Arena, Wembley on Saturday 23 September, live on TNT Sports.
Big Bang Zhang and Juggernaut Joyce first collided in mid-April at the Copper Box Arena, where it was Zhang who left the venue in possession of the WBO Interim Heavyweight World Championship strap.
Referee Howard Foster stopped the fight in the sixth round due to the heavy swelling around the right eye of defending champion Joyce.
The Chinese hero Zhang lived up to his stage name in Stratford, ending the unbeaten professional record of the fellow Olympic silver medallist.
Zhang vs Joyce 2 Undercard
Anthony Yarde vs Jorge Silva
ANTHONY YARDE was supposed to hit the comeback trail towards his next world title challenge on 23 September with an all-British clash against Ricky Summers but Summers pulled out of the fight around ten days out.
The Brit will now instead face Portugal’s Jorge Silva (22-8, 12 KOs). Silva has boxed once before on British soil, an 8-round 80-72 PTS loss to Kieron Conway this February in Nottingham.
Yarde, the self-styled Beast from the East, won the admiration of the boxing public back in January when he gave unified world light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev his toughest fight to date before being retired by his own corner in the eighth round in front of a packed and enthralled crowd at the same Wembley venue.
For Yarde (23-3, 22 KOs) it represented a second world title challenge after previously going up against the formidable Sergey Kovalev in the then-champion’s home town back in 2019.
Now Yarde looks to get the ring rust off in Wembley before going into a bigger fight either later in 2023 or early 2024.
Pierce O’Leary vs Kane Gardner
WBC International super lightweight champion Pierce O’Leary (12-0,7) makes a second defence of his belt against Kane Gardner (16-2).
Gardner upset the odds in March when he picked up a decision win over Conah Walker – who would go on to upset Team GB star Cyrus Pattinson last month.
A significant step up for O’Leary and a win that puts him in the very exciting 140-pound mix that involves Dalton Smith and Adam Azim.
Former WBO #1 Zach Parker (22-1) will make his ring return against Khalid Graidia (10-12-4) following his stoppage loss to John Ryder last November.
Also in the light heavyweights, the undefeated and flamboyant Nottingham stylist Ezra Taylor (6-0, 4) takes a significant step up when he faces Portsmouth man Joel McIntyre (20-7, 5) over eight rounds.
Heavyweight sensation Moses Itauma (4-0) is back against Amine Boucetta (7-8) over six rounds.
Former two-time European Amateur champion Royston Barney-Smith will have fight No.7 on his professional journey over six rounds against Engel Gomez (8-17-1).
Powerhouse cruiserweights and social media enemies Tommy Fletcher (5-0, 4) and Aloys Jr (4-1, 4) will brew their growing rivalry by both fighting in six-round fights to complete the card.
Fletcher meets Alberto Tapia (3-4) whilst Aloys Jr faces veteran journeyman Erik Nazaryan (29-33-4).
Sam Noakes’ brother Sean Noakes (5-0) meets Lukasz Barabasz (2-8) to open the night.
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