At the Manchester Arena, Joe Joyce defeated former heavyweight champion Joseph Parker, knocking him out with a terrifying left hook to win the WBO interim heavyweight title in 11 rounds.
Parker, who has previously gone the distance with Dillian Whyte and Anthony Joshua, had never been stopped. Additionally, the New Zealander had never before been brutally broken down.
The power jab was Joyce's setup, but Parker's primary attack was the overhand right and left hook upstairs. Parker's blows had no effect on Joyce since he continued to saunter forward while walking through each power shot like he was swatting a fly.
Due to the intensity of what was being thrown at him, there were times when Parker appeared to be out of the fight, but he showed the heart and will of a champion and persisted in making a fight, appearing to win the ninth and tenth rounds to get himself back into the fight.
But Joe Joyce had a point to prove and he wasn't going to go lose the fight at any cost. He fired powerful shots to begin the eleventh on a mission. Then Joyce (15-0, 14 KOs) charged directly at Parker, tilted his hips ever-so-slightly, and delivered a vicious left hook that knocked Parker to the ground and back. Parker corrected himself, but the referee had enough.
After the bout was over Joyce called out Oleksandr Usyk and made it clear that he wants to fight for the title next. Meanwhile, the WBC Champion Tyson Fury was also in attendance to watch his compatriot Joseph Parker fight.
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