Joe Joyce knocked out former world champion Joseph Parker, beating him with a fearsome left hook to claim the WBO interim heavyweight title after 11 rounds at Manchester Arena.
No one has previously been able to stop Parker, who has distanced himself from Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte in the past. New Zealanders have also never been broken in such brutal fashion before.
Aside from winning the interim belt from the WBO, the most important thing is that Joyce defended her spot as the top challenger for their all-around heavyweight championship, one of three titles held by the WBO. Ukrainian star Oleksandr Usyk holds.
After the match, Joyce called for a confrontation with the unified champion with no certain conditions.
“I really feel it,” he said, quoting Usyk’s catchphrase about him. “Let’s begin!”
It was the epilogue to Joyce’s most impressive professional performance to date.
To many opponents, the Londoner looked easy to beat, the fastest bare handed, the lightest barefoot, his head an attractive and frequently touched target.
But while Joyce doesn’t necessarily fight spectacularly, his results are extremely impressive. He knows his style well and knows how to impose himself on his opponents.
Parker was successful, snapping the lead with his backhand right up to Joyce’s chin, but these shots came infrequently. While Joyce was working and brooding over him.
The Londoner started to be busy, setting the pace right from the opening innings. He was also courageous in the way he worked Parker with heavy long shots initially, only getting closer to Parker’s body and head with short-range continuous hooks.
When Parker looked like he was breathing heavily, Joyce remained calm and emotionless. He just continued his work, giving up rights and maintaining a furious pace for his output.
A beautiful left hook caused Parker to cut off his right eye. That prompted Joyce to attack the evil one again.
There’s no doubt that Parker has a heart. He stabbed his left hook into Joyce himself. He was forced to pause in the ferocious attack in the 10th round, doubling his left.
But any hope Parker might find afterwards, Joyce mercilessly dashed.
Gunshots mercilessly hit Parker’s hand. Joyce felt her prey wither and increased her strength.
A huge left hook went straight into Parker’s jaw and overturned him. He fell heavily onto the deck, stunned.
The brave capital wanted to rise up, the referee had to stop him in the 11th half.
“A little tired,” Joyce said softly afterward.
“What a great fighter and fight,” he continued. “I really enjoyed it.
“I had to dig deep to pass the rounds.
“I hit him with everything I had, literally the sink, the bag, everything.”
Those are some ways of saying it. Joe “the Juggernaut” Joyce moves up to the top of the heavyweight division.