The AO Area in Manchester hosts an essential heavyweight showdown this Saturday night time, as Joe Joyce takes on former WBO champion Joseph Parker, in a twelve rounder for the interim WBO title. The pair are ranked at one and two with the organisation respectively.
BT Sport Field Workplace televises Joyce vs Parker, reside within the UK.
Joyce (14-0, 13 KOs) received a silver medal on the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and has been close to flawless in his skilled marketing campaign up to now.
After placing respectable names on his document reminiscent of Bermane Stiverne (TKO6), Alexander Ustinov (TKO3) and Bryant Jennings UD12), the 37-year-old started as an underdog in opposition to Daniel Dubois in November 2020.
The ‘Juggernaut’ was glorious on the night time although, taking British, Commonwealth, European, and a bunch of ranking-building titles with a tenth spherical knockout win.
Since that night time, the Putney native has stopped Carlos Takam in six rounds, and in his most up-to-date outing, he halted Christian Hammer in 4 in July. He has proven he could be simply hit although, and the German landed loads of clear pictures.
Parker (30-2, 21 KOs) grew to become world champion in 2016 with a majority nod over Andy Ruiz Jr, and after two defences, he misplaced on the playing cards to Anthony Joshua in an try and unify.
4 months later the 30-year-old New Zealander was outscored by Dillian Whyte in a drama-filled affair, and though he has received six straight since, he has regarded a fading power.
Final yr noticed a pair of conferences with Derek Chisora, that put extra miles on the clock, though he did take two wins over the Finchley man.
Prediction: Joyce might have a leaky defence at instances, however he carries energy, which to date has greater than been an equaliser in his professional profession.
Parker hasn’t regarded the identical because the Joshua and Whyte defeats, however nonetheless carries a risk, and I anticipate him to bother Joyce early on. As soon as Joyce will get by way of the primary half, he ought to take over to document a bruising win on the scorecards.
The undercard sees a wealth of gold at stake. Amanda Serrano (42-2-1, 30 KOs) misplaced in a thriller to Katie Taylor for the undisputed world light-weight title in her final outing, and the Puerto Rican returns to featherweight trying so as to add to her assortment of belts.
Serrano is the WBC, WBA and IBO champion, and he or she takes on unbeaten IBF titlist, Sarah Mahfoud (11-0, 3 KOs).
’The Actual Deal’ is an elite stage operator, and Mahfoud hasn’t confronted anybody remotely close to that platform.
The Dane received the interim IBF crown in February 2020, and was upgraded to full champion, however has solely fought as soon as since, in April this yr, outscoring Nina Meinke in Copenhagen.
Prediction: Serrano ought to take this one clearly on the playing cards.
Cacace clashes with Magnesi
Anthony Cacace (19-1, 7 KOs) makes a primary look of 2022, and the Northern Irishman can rating a factors win to take the IBO tremendous featherweight title from Italy’s Michael Magnesi (21-0, 13 KOs).
Essuman defends British & Commonwealth titles
Ekow Essuman (17-0, 7 KOs) makes a 3rd defence of the British and Commonwealth welterweight titles, and ‘The Engine’ can halt Samuel Antwi (14-1, 6 KOs) by way of a mid to late stoppage.
Heaney faces Flatley
Nathan Heaney (15-0, 6 KOs) will but once more carry a military of supporters from Stoke-on-Trent, however I’ve a sneaky feeling that he could also be upset by Bolton’s Jack Flatley (19-2-1, 4 KOs) within the second defence of his IBO Worldwide middleweight title.
Flatley is a former English champion, and a stable operator.
Prediction: I favour him to take a factors win.
Heffron battles Bulacio
British, Commonwealth and IBF European tremendous middleweight champion Mark Heffron (28-2-1, 22 KOs) ticks over with an eight rounder in opposition to Martin Ezequiel Bulacio (10-6, 7 KOs).
The Argentine is sturdy, and has been close to the gap on the 2 events he has been stopped.
Prediction: Heffron ought to financial institution a large factors victory.
Raven Chapman (3-0, 2 KOs) goes for her first skilled title, and she will declare the vacant WBC Worldwide featherweight title with a win over the eight spherical distance in opposition to former world champion, Jorgelina Guanini (10-4-2, 1 KO).
James Heneghan (7-0) can stay unbeaten with a six spherical factors win at middleweight over Rod Douglas Jr (3-4), who has solely been halted by Hamzah Sheeraz.
At light-weight, Callum Thompson (4-0, 1 KO) also needs to keep excellent, and may win early in his 4 rounder in opposition to Delmar Thomas (5-2, 2 KOs), and at tremendous light-weight, Amaar Akbar (3-0) might have all 4 rounds to see off Karlo Wallace (0-2).