Tonight: Joyce vs Zhang Rematch – ESPN+, TNT Sports- Sept. 23 – 5 pm ET
What time does tonight’s boxing start? Joyce vs Zhang II and Yarde vs Silva light heavyweight co-feature will stream live on ESPN+ today beginning at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT
Tonight, the world of boxing turns its attention to London as Top Rank on ESPN+ delivers a thrilling two-fight broadcast from the OVO Arena Wembley.
The spotlight shines brightly on the main event where Chinese boxer Zhilei Zhang is set to defend his WBO interim heavyweight title in a much-awaited rematch against Britain’s Joe Joyce, renowned for his knockout power.
In the evening’s co-feature, former two-time world title challenger, Anthony Yarde, will be battling Portugal’s Jorge Silva in a captivating 10-round fight.
Thanks to Queensberry promotions, fans in the U.S. can watch the Zhang-Joyce II and Yarde-Silva fights stream live and exclusively on ESPN+ from 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT.
The duo first locked horns this past April at the Copper Box Arena where Zhang clinched the WBO Interim Heavyweight World Championship title. Zhang’s win disrupted Joyce’s undefeated streak as referee Howard Foster ended the fight in the sixth round due to significant swelling around Joyce’s right eye.
Now based in New York, Zhang boasts an impressive record of 25-1-1 (20 KOs) and aims to maintain his standing among the heavyweight elite. Before he does that, however, he’ll have to counter the formidable Joyce, holding a 15-1 (14 KOs) record, who is keen on regaining his lost title and returning to the top of the WBO rankings.
Speaking about the upcoming rematch, Zhang shared his fresh outlook: “I made history in our last bout. And I believe the best way to honor history is by making new ones. I approach the rematch as a brand new fight and see Joyce as if we’ve never fought before. I’ve reset to zero and am bringing my new self to the ring.”
Joyce, meanwhile, is driven by redemption: “I’m returning to reclaim what’s rightfully mine. On September 2nd, I’m giving it my all in the ring. No compromises. No underestimation of my opponent. My eyes are set on nothing but a win.”
Promoter Frank Warren underscored the significance of the rematch. “Joe knows the extent of the challenge Zhang presented at the Copper Box, and he has a lot to learn from that to turn the tables. But he understands what needs to be done, and his immediate future hangs on regaining his position as the WBO Interim world champion.”
Warren also alluded to the potential opportunities Joyce could secure post-victory, like challenging current champion Oleksandr Usyk or Daniel Dubois.
Anthony “Beast from the East” Yarde is set to lace up his gloves against fellow Brit Ricky Summers on September 23. This clash is part of the much-awaited fight card headlined by the heavyweight showdown between Zhilei Zhang and Joe Joyce, at the electric OVO Arena in Wembley. The entire spectacle will be brought to your living room courtesy of TNT Sports.
Yarde, the ever-resilient contender, won over the boxing world in January when he faced off against Artur Beterbiev, the unified world light heavyweight champion, in a fiercely competitive bout. Despite Yarde’s corner throwing in the towel in the eighth round, his dogged determination and sheer force of will left an indelible mark on the spectators.
Meanwhile, Summers enters the ring fresh off his victory over Joel McIntyre, an achievement that earned him the English light heavyweight title. This win has no doubt bolstered his self-assuredness as he prepares for the fight against Yarde.
The fight card is stacked with other thrilling encounters, with Sam Noakes and Pierce O’Leary each defending their respective Commonwealth lightweight and super lightweight titles. There’s also an intriguing light heavyweight contest pitting the flamboyant Ezra Taylor against Joel McIntyre, a matchup promising no shortage of excitement.
Other attractions include Royston Barney-Smith, the two-time European Amateur champion, ready for his seventh professional bout. And in a captivating subplot, social media rivals Tommy Fletcher and Aloys Jr will settle their online disputes in the ring, amplifying the night’s drama.
Tickets for the heavyweight rematch between Zhilei Zhang and Joe Joyce go on general sale from midday on Friday, June 30, at AXS.com. Note that as of July 18th, BT Sport will be transitioning to its new name, TNT Sports.
Zhang vs Joyce II weights:
The WBO interim Heavyweight World Championship 12 x 3 Minute Rounds
Zhilei Zhang 287.2lbs
Joe Joyce 281.2lbs
The WBC International Super-Lightweight Championship 10 x 3 Minute Rounds
Pierce O’Leary 139.3lbs
Kane Gardner 139.6lbs
10 x 3 Minute Rounds International Light-Heavyweight Contest
Anthony Yarde 177.9lbs
Jorge Silva 178lbs
10 x 3 Minute Rounds International Super-Middleweight Contest
Zach Parker 170.9lbs
Khalid Graidia 168lbs
6 x 3 Minute Rounds International Heavyweight Contest
Moses Itauma 237.9lbs
Amine Boucetta 296lbs
8 X 3 Minutes Rounds Light-Heavyweight Contest
Ezra Taylor 176lbs
Joel McIntrye 178.2lbs
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Super-Featherweight Contest
Royston Barney-Smith 131.6
Engel Gomez 132lbs
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Cruiserweight Contest
Aloys Jr 203.1lbs
Eric Nazarayan 203.7lbs
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Cruiserweight Contest
Tommy Fletcher 199.2lbs
Alberto Tapia 197.5lbs
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Welterweight Contest
Sean Noakes 151.7lbs
Lukasz Barabasz 154lbs
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Joyce Zhang 2 fight card
- Zhilei Zhang vs. Joe Joyce; For Zhang’s WBO interim heavyweight title
- Anthony Yarde vs. TBA; Light heavyweight
- Sam Noakes vs. Carlos Perez; Lightweight
- Pierce O’Leary vs. Kane Gardner; Super lightweight
- Zach Parker vs. Khalid Graidia; Super middleweight
- Ezra Taylor vs. Joel McIntyre; Light heavyweight
- Royston Barney-Smith vs. TBA; Super featherweight
- Moses Itauma vs. Amine Boucetta; Heavyweight
- Tommy Fletcher vs. TBA; Cruiserweight
- Aloys Youmbi vs, Erik Nazaryan; Cruiserweight
- Sean Noakes vs. TBA; Welterweight