It was revealed last night on the Fury vs Whyte BT Sport Box Office broadcast that London’s Joe Joyce (13-0) would face New Zealand’s, Joseph Parker (30-2) in July at a stadium. Joyce vs Parker will be a Queensberry Promotions show on a BT Sport platform.
Joyce, the #1 contender with the WBO, signed with Queensberry/BT Sport in 2019 and has had numerous bouts since on the platform most notably a stoppage victory over Daniel Dubois in November 2020. Since then Joyce has had only one fight, against French Veteran Carlos Takam and has been inactive since due to injury.
Former world heavyweight champion Joseph Parker has worked with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing for every fight since March 2018 except for a comeback fight in New Zealand. Parker’s recent 3-fight deal with Matchroom expired and he officially became a free agent. He chose to rematch Chisora at the Manchester Arena on DAZN and is now working with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions to secure a mandatory position and possible Interim title with the WBO.
EverythingBoxing has also learnt that the most likely date for Joyce vs Parker is July 2 at the OVO Arena, Wembley and that it will be another BT Sport Box Office offering expected to be priced at £19.95. It is an understandable move as Chisora Parker 1 was a PPV offering and Dubois Joyce was expected to be a PPV offering so the winners of the bout fight each other also on PPV.
PPV in July is an interesting decision regardless due to Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk also being PPV in the same month and the possibility of Claressa Shields vs Savannah Marshall landing on PPV. With this move, there is very little chance of Shields Marshall being on PPV or it is likely to perform badly due to the other PPV offerings in this period.