Heavyweights Joseph Parker and Joe Joyce will battle it out next as they compete to be the frontrunners for winner Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua.
Joyce and Parker are rated challenger #1 and #2 in ratings for the WBO, respectively, whose belts are one of three Joshua and Usyk will compete in their epic rematch on August 20. directly and exclusively on Sky Sports Box Office.
Parker used to hold that WBO belt, losing to Joshua in 2018. The New Zealander is now determined to return to the championship. Taking Joyce’s place for one final title win was an important step along the way.
“On Saturday 24 September the fans in Manchester will see the best of me. And Joe Joyce will see exactly why I’m going to be the heavyweight world champion again with BOXXER. [his promoter]”, said Parker.
“I’m working hard with my coach Andy Lee, things are going well and I feel really great. I’ve been patiently waiting to start this fight and let me tell you. now, ‘Juggernaut’ journey ends right here. He has nowhere else to run.”
But Joyce is a formidable opponent. An Olympic silver medalist in 2016, he made his way through the ranks strong, with no regrets breaking through the heavyweight division, preventing Daniel Dubois from winning the British and European championships as well as beating gatekeepers like Bryant Jennings , Carlos Takam and most recently Christian Hammer.
Joyce stated: “This war has been going on for a long time. “Parker realized he had nowhere else to go and ended up having to join this fight. No 1 vs No 2. The winner continues to fight for the world title. It’s going to be an intense fight. straight and you’ll see why he’s trying so hard to avoid me.”
The Joyce-Parker match, which took place on 24 September at the AO Arena in Manchester, also represented an important moment of collaboration between BOXXER, who advertises Parker, and Frank Warren’s Queensberry commercial, which represents Joyce. .
BOXXER’s Ben Shalom told Sky Sports: “I think a lot has been said about Joseph Parker avoiding fights and avoiding fights, that was never the case with Joseph Parker. okay. That remains the same. He wants to sign us. He knows we can prioritize him at heavyweight and we want the biggest fights for him right now Joe Joyce is his biggest target He’s in No. one with the WBO and it’s a big fight.”
“We’re working with the Warrens to make this fight happen,” Shalom continued. “What I hope this shows and I talked to George Warren and Frank [Warren] about this, do we not want to be seen to prevent wars.
“It’s about trying to put the sport before the business. Trying to make the big fights happen, trying and making sure you don’t stop them from happening. We wanted this to show that Queensberry and BOXXER. and Sky can work together when it senses and when the fighters deserve their fight.It will be available on BT Sport [Box Office]. “
Shalom hopes that collaborating on these lines could open the door to another major battle between the two advertisers.
“If there is a rematch, it will be on Sky Sports Box Office,” Shalom said. “We can see where it’s going. That’s the most logical way to go. They’ve got some big names in the heavyweight division, they’ve got the fighters our boys will be going. want to fight in the years to come.
“Hopefully this shows, yes, there’s a lot of competition in boxing at the moment, yes, there’s a lot of broadcasters. But if the promoters are right this could be a golden era. for boxing, where the fights will be made if the promoters are willing.”
“This is the perfect test of Big Joe’s world championship abilities and victory over Parker will put him in the top positions of the division and right in the mix with the likes of Tyson,” Warren said. Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.”
“This is a great fight that really keeps the heavyweight ball rolling,” he added. “It proved to be a bit of a stretch, but it is a match between two heavyweights in form and quality fighting for first place in the queue for the world title. gender.”
While Usyk and Joshua battle for three of the main heavyweight titles on August 20 and Tyson Fury, the WBC champion, considers his next move, competitions like Joyce-Parker will keep the remainder of the active weight class.
“Hope [the other heavyweights] Shalom said.
“It keeps that heavyweight division moving, a huge opportunity for Joseph Parker. I think he has what it takes to beat Joe Joyce, I think that could be bad style. for Joe against Joseph Parker, who we know is tough, we know it’s fast, we know it’s in and out, who’s going to be tough to beat and I think it’s going to be an exciting night taste. “
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