Joe Joyce dismantled former world champion Joseph Parker, blasting him out with a fearsome left hook to win a WBO interim heavyweight title in 11 rounds on the Manchester Area.
Nobody earlier than had stopped Parker, who has been the gap with Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte prior to now. Nor had the New Zealander ever been damaged down in such brutal vogue beforehand.
As nicely profitable a the interim strap from the WBO, most significantly Joyce defended his place because the main challenger for his or her full heavyweight championship, one of many three title belts held by Ukrainian star Oleksandr Usyk.
After the bout, Joyce referred to as for a showdown with the unified champion in no unsure phrases.
“I am very really feel,” he stated, quoting Usyk’s personal catchphrase again at him. “Let’s get it on!”
It was the conclusion of Joyce’s most spectacular skilled efficiency to this point.
To many rivals the Londoner appears to be like beatable, his arms aren’t the swiftest, his ft not the lightest, his head an inviting goal a contact too usually.
However whereas Joyce does not combat essentially in a spectacular manner, his outcomes are tremendously spectacular. He understands his personal model and is aware of tips on how to impose himself bodily on an opponent.
Parker did have successes, cracking main photographs together with his again hand proper to Joyce’s chin, however these got here sporadically. All of the whereas Joyce was working and grinding him down.
The Londoner started busily, setting the tempo from the opening rounds. He was canny too in how he labored at Parker with lengthy heavy photographs initially, solely shifting in nearer in a while to hammer Parker’s physique and head with pummelling hooks at quick vary.
When Parker seemed to be respiratory closely, Joyce remained implacable and expressionless. He simply continued his work, casting down his proper and sustaining a ferocious tempo to his output.
A tremendous left hook left Parker badly reduce by his proper eye. That spurred Joyce on to assault viciously as soon as extra.
There could possibly be little doubt that Parker has coronary heart. He slammed his personal left hook into Joyce. He compelled a pause within the onslaught within the tenth spherical, doubling up his left.
However any hope Parker might need discovered then, Joyce snuffed out mercilessly.
Merciless photographs smashed into Parker off both hand. Joyce sensed his prey wilting and raised his depth.
An enormous left hook bombed into Parker’s jaw and toppled him over. He fell closely to the deck, shocked.
As courageous as he was attempting to rise, the referee needed to cease him within the eleventh spherical.
“Just a little bit drained” Joyce stated frivolously afterwards.
“What a fighter and what a terrific combat,” he continued. “I actually loved it.
“I needed to dig deep to get via the rounds.
“I hit him with all the pieces I acquired, actually the kitchen sink, the purse, all the pieces.”
That’s some understatement. Joe “the Juggernaut” Joyce marches on to the highest tier of the heavyweight division.