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Joe Joyce Set to Battle Derek Chisora in High-Stakes Showdown in London

Joe Joyce and Derek Chisora set to fight in London
Joe Joyce

British heavyweights Joe Joyce and Derek Chisora are set to collide in a highly anticipated match at London's O2 Arena on July 27. This thrilling bout, announced by Queensberry Promotions, has been years in the making and promises to be a classic clash of titans.

Joe Joyce (16-2, 15 KOs), a 2016 Olympic silver medallist, has been eyeing a fight with Chisora since 2019. Joyce's recent return to the ring saw him securing a 10th-round knockout victory over Kash Ali in March. This victory came after back-to-back knockout defeats to Zhilei Zhang, which significantly affected his position in the heavyweight rankings. Despite his win against Ali, Joyce appeared to be far from his prime form, raising questions about his readiness for the upcoming bout.

Before his defeat to Zhang, Joyce was on the brink of world title contention. He delivered the first knockout defeat to Joseph Parker and claimed notable victories over Daniel Dubois and Carlos Takam. These achievements cemented his reputation as a formidable force in the heavyweight division.

On the other side of the ring, Derek Chisora, 40, brings a wealth of experience. Chisora last fought in August, where he secured a win over Gerald Washington in London, bouncing back from his third defeat to Tyson Fury. Known for his resilience and relentless fighting style, Chisora remains a dangerous opponent for any heavyweight contender.

Promoter Frank Warren expressed his excitement for the matchup, stating, 

"This is a proper old-school heavyweight fight that seems to have been a long time in the making. I remember it being talked about strongly even before we teamed up with Joe and it has always struck me as a natural and obvious fight to make."

Warren hinted at significant opportunities for the victor, while the stakes are equally high for the loser. 

"Two top London heavies fighting it out for a place back at the top table promises to deliver a cracking scrap. The winner is right back in business, with no real place to go for the loser."

As fight night approaches, fans eagerly await what promises to be a fierce and electrifying contest. Both Joyce and Chisora are determined to prove their mettle, making this a must-watch event for boxing enthusiasts worldwide.


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