Joe Joyce is gearing up for an immediate rematch against Zhilei Zhang (pictured) at London's Wembley Arena on September 23rd, seeking to avenge the loss he suffered in April. The bout takes place at Wembley and will be shown exclusively live on TNT Sports. Zhang's dominance and size thwarted Joyce's previous plans, but 'Juggernaut' is determined to regain his WBO interim heavyweight belt. Zhang, an Olympic silver medallist like Joyce, showcased his size, power, and skill in the first match-up, defeating Joyce in six rounds after the fight was stopped due to the Brit's heavily swollen eye. Promptly after the defeat, 'Juggernaut' wasted no time in pursuing a rematch, invoking the contractual clause with the goal of recapturing his WBO interim heavyweight title as the loss also derailed his plans to face Tyson Fury or Oleksandr Usyk.
WBC champion Tyson Fury made a prediction that Zhang will win again. Fury said in a video interview, “tough fight again. 50/50, but you’d have to favor the champion. One, he’s beat him already, knocked him out, and two, his confidence will be high knowing he can win. Before he wasn’t sure. Now he knows. You have to favor the Chinese man, purely on the fact he’s already beat him once, and if [Joyce] goes down the same road he’ll beat him again.”