Joe Joyce vs Zhilei Zhang clashed to headline a Queensberry Promotion’s Boxing event in London, UK, on April 15, 2023.
- Date: April 15, 2023
- Location: Cooper Box, London, UK
- Start Time: Prelims 12:15 pm ET, Main Card 2 PM ET(3 PM ET in US)
Joe Joyce defended his interim WBO World Heavyweight title in this fight. Joyce won this title by beating Joseph Parker in September 2022. Prior to this win, Joyce remained undefeated with 14 of his 15 wins coming via knockout. He had wins over Michael Wallisch, current Interim WBA Champion Daniel Dubois, Carlos Takam, Christian Hammer, Joseph Parker in his last 5 bouts.
Zhilei Zhang was coming off his first career loss in professional boxing against Filip Hrgović in August last year. Since the start of 2021, Zhang’s fights had resulted in one majority draw against Jerry Forrest, two stoppage wins over Craig Lewis and Scott Alexander before this decision loss to Hrgović. Was he able to bounce back from his first loss against a formidable opponent in Joyce?
TV CHANNEL & ONLINE STREAMING
The online streaming and TV channel details for Joe Joyce vs Zhilei Zhang event was as below:
- UK – The event aired live on BT Sports 1. For online streaming, fans could check the BT Sports website if they have its monthly subscription.
- US – Joyce vs Zhang was available on ESPN+ streaming in United States with the coverage starting from 3 PM ET.
- South America – ESPN Knockout aired the event in several countries in South America.
- Australia – This event aired in Australia as a PPV on Kayo Sports and Main Event for AU$ 29.99.
The undercard of the Joe Joyce vs Zhilei Zhang event also featured former women’s super featherweight champion, Mikaela Mayer, rising heavyweight Moses Itauma, British Middleweight Champion Denzel Bentley, and several other rising prospects. Here is the complete fight card.
- Joe Joyce(ic) vs Zhang Zhilei, 12 rounds bout for interim WBO Heavyweight Championship
- Zhang Zhilei won via TKO at 1:23 of round 6
- Mikaela Mayer vs Lucy Wildheart, 10 rounds, Vacant WBC Interim World Lightweight
- Mikaela Mayer won via unanimous decision (98-91, 98-92, 100-90)
- Moses Itauma vs Kostiantyn Dovbyshchenko, 6 rounds, heavyweight
- Moses Itauma won via points (60-54)
- Sam Noakes vs Karthik Sathish Kumar, 12 rounds bout for Commonwealth & WBC International Silver Lightweight
- Sam Noakes won via TKO at 1:17 of round 2
- Denzel Bentley(c) vs Kieran Smith, 12 rounds bout for British Middleweight Championship
- Denzel Bentley won via KO at 0:45 of round 1
- Eithan James vs Georgi Velichkov, 6 rounds, welterweight
- Eithan James won via points (60-54
- Sonny Ali vs Richard Helm, 6 rounds, welterweight
- Sonny Ali won via points (60-54)
- Freezy Macbones vs Darryl Sharp, 4 rounds, light heavyweight
- Freezy Macbones won via points (40-36)
- Joel Kodua vs Dale Arrowsmith, 4 rounds, super welterweight
- Joel Kodua won via points (40-36)