The vacant interim WBO title is on the line in a high-stakes fight in boxing’s blue-ribbon division, the winner of which will be the mandatory challenger to unified champion Oleksandr Usyk. Fury and Anthony Joshua are likely to finally meet in the blockbuster All England Showdown in December.
Time is of the essence for the undefeated Joyce (14-0), who turned 37 this week.
The ‘Juggernaut’ picked up a career-best victory over Daniel Dubois in November 2020, but then followed the far more modest lead of endurance veteran Carlos Takam and former European champion Christian Hammer. A stop followed. He retired in July with a serious wrist injury.
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Parker is a clear step up for Joyce, with ambitions to return to the world title picture. Reigned as WBO champion in 2016-18 after successfully defending against Huey Fury and fending off Andy Ruiz Jr.
Parker followed that up with a loss to Dillian White, but since then has won six more to become WBO Oriental and Intercontinental champions, defeating Derek Chisora twice in seven months in Manchester last year.
Joyce vs. Parker Date, Start Time, Venue, Ring Walk
Joyce vs Parker will take place on Saturday 24th September 2022 at the AO Arena in Manchester, England.
The main undercard will begin at 7pm BST and the main event ring walk is scheduled for around 10:30pm.
As always, timings are subject to change depending on the length of the undercard match.
Joyce vs Parker Fight Card/Undercard Full
The main support in Manchester on Saturday will come in the form of Amanda Serrano. She is recovering from a close and historic loss to undisputed women’s lightweight champion Katie Taylor at Madison Square Garden against Sarah Mahfud.
Unified champion Serrano holds the WBC, WBO and IBO featherweight titles, while Mahfud holds the IBF version at 126 pounds.
Elsewhere on the interesting card, Michael Magnesi defends the IBO Super Featherweight title against Anthony Kakaas, with the British Welterweight title fight between Echo Essman and Samuel Antoy.
Stoke, as usual, puts in a strong showing against Nathan Heaney as he takes on Jack Flatley for the IBO International Middleweight Gold Medal.
Joe Joyce vs Joseph Parker
Amanda Serrano vs Sarah Mahfoud
Michael Magnesi vs Anthony Kakas
Ekou Esman vs Samuel Antowi
Nathan Heaney vs Jack Flatley
Raven Chapman vs Giorgelina Guanini
James Henegan vs Rod Douglas Jr.
Callum Thompson vs Delmar Thomas
Amar Akbar vs Carlo Wallace
Mark Hefron vs Martin Ezequiel Blasio
Tommy Fletcher vs Toni Visic
How to watch Joyce vs Parker
TV channels: In the UK, Joyce vs Parker is live on BT Sport Box Office for £19.95.
Live stream: Those who purchased the match can also watch online via the BT Sport Box Office app.
Live blog: You can also follow the full card on game night on Standard Sport’s live blog.
Joyce vs. Parker fight predictions
Joyce will be the center of attention throughout, winning a close decision tonight after a bruised and highly entertaining heavyweight slugfest.
Joyce vs Parker weigh-in
Joyce tipped the scales at 271.6 pounds on Friday. This makes him 16 pounds heavier than Parker, who weighed 255.4 pounds. When they are looking for a knockout, it is the heaviest both men have ever done in a professional contest.
Joyce vs Parker betting odds
Joyce Wins: 1/2
Parker Wins: 6/4
Joyce winning on decision/technical decision: 6/4
Joyce wins by KO, TKO or DQ: 5/2
Parker wins on decision/technical decision: 11/4
Parker wins by KO, TKO or DQ: 11/2
Draw or Technical Draw: 18/1
Betfair odds (subject to change).