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Zhilei Zhang vs Joe Joyce 2 Predictions & Tips – Zhang To Stop Joyce In Heavyweight Rematch

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  • Zhilei Zhang vs Joe Joyce 2 tips for Saturday, September 23
  • Fight to take place at Wembley Arena in London, England
  • Who will win big heavyweight rematch?
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Zhilei Zhang punches Joe Joyce in the first meeting (Getty Images)
    Zhilei Zhang vs Joe Joyce 2 Predictions & Tips
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Zhilei Zhang vs Joe Joyce 2 Predictions & Tips

Zhilei Zhang is tipped to repeat his April win over Joe Joyce.

Zhang was able to hit Joyce at will in the first meeting, using speed and accuracy to hurt him early.

Joyce may make adjustments to avoid being rocked early here, but the result is unlikely to change. 

  • Zhilei Zhang knocked out Joe Joyce in April
  • Zhang had a 46% accuracy in the first fight (Joyce 18%)
  • Zhang landed 56% of his power punches last time (Joyce 23.7%)
  • 20 of Zhang’s 25 career wins have come by KO/TKO

Head To Head

  • Zhilei Zhang won by 6th round TKO when they last fought in April 2023

Zhilei Zhang Form

Zhilei Zhang is the WBO interim heavyweight champion with a professional record of 25-1-1 (20 KOs).

Zhang made his professional debut in August 2014 and since then has held minor heavyweight titles.

He won his first 22 bouts before the first blemish on his record saw him go to a majority decision draw with Jerry Forrest in February 2021.

The 40-year-old Chinese fighter bounced back later that year when he knocked out Craig Lewis in the second round.

Zhang then needed only 101 seconds to stop Scott Alexander in May 2022, but he was unable to make it three wins in a row in August of last year.

‘Big Bang’ suffered the first defeat of his career, dropping a unanimous decision to Filip Hrgovic.

He rebounded in impressive fashion in April however, stopping Joe Joyce inside six rounds to win the WBO interim belt.

Joe Joyce Form

Joe Joyce is a former WBO interim heavyweight champion with a professional record of 15-1 (14 KOs).

Joyce debuted in October 2016 and went on to win several minor titles, including the Commonwealth heavyweight title.

In November 2020 he record a 10th round knockout win over Daniel Dubois, who recently challenged for a world heavyweight title.

He then went on beat another former title contender, Carlos Takam, via sixth round stoppage.

Joyce’s rise to world title contention continued with a fourth round stoppage of Christian Hammer, and in September of last year he reached 15-0 with the biggest win of his career.

The 37-year-old Englishman fought former world heavyweight champion Joseph Parker, and was able to stop him in the 11th round.

However, Joyce’s quest to land a world title shot suffered a major setback in April, when he was stopped inside six rounds by Zhilei Zhang.

Verdict

These are two veteran heavyweights who are too long in tooth to change things up too much.

Zhang’s speed, accuracy and power served him well in the first fight, and we are expecting repeat scenes here.

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