NoSmokeBoxing’s Joe Joyce vs Joseph Parker Prediction And Analysis
Top 10 Heavyweights Joe Joyce (14-0, 13 KOs) and Joseph Parker (30-2, 21 KOs) meet in a much-anticipated, major heavyweight collision this Saturday, September 24 at the AO Arena in Manchester exclusively live on BT Sport Box Office.
Joyce vs Parker pits #1 and #2 with the WBO for the Interim World Heavyweight title and guarantees the winner an immediate shot at Oleksandr Usyk or an elevation to full champion should Usyk vacate the title.
Joe Joyce vs Joseph Parker Preview
Parker has been a much-improved fighter since teaming up with trainer Andy Lee. His display in the rematch with Derek Chisora was one of the best we’ve seen against the British veteran and significantly better than the Kiwi was in their first contest. Parker displayed sharp skills, shot selection and punched with intent, hurting and knocking down Chisora on multiple occasions.
Parker still lacked the ability to finish the fight whilst another top heavyweight might’ve dispatched Chisora in the 7th/8th round, albeit Chisora was very good at surviving. Parker seemed to take breaks during the fight, letting Chisora push him back and giving up rounds. He certainly cannot do this against Joyce who will be coming at him full steam ahead for 12 rounds.
The major flaws most people see in Joyce are his lack of speed and poor defence which makes him vulnerable to taking clean power shots. NoSmokeBoxing was ringside at Joyce Hammer and could not believe how many big shots Hammer was able to land on Joyce, especially in round 1 where the Romanian could not miss with his overhand right.
In some ways, Parker is a nightmare matchup for Joyce. A slow and sometimes cumbersome fighter meeting one of the sharpest boxers in the division. Parker has the speed and accuracy as well as increasing power we are seeing to put a dent in Joyce early. The Juggernaut will need to be much more defensively responsible to weather the initial storm and avoid being taken out as we feel his granite chin alone won’t be enough, despite it having been for other contests.
We must see a significantly better version of what we saw in Joyce’s career-best performance against Daniel Dubois where Joyce moved his head, had an effective jab and stayed out of the way of big shots. Parker is also no Dubois, he is a more experienced, faster and smarter fighter, Joyce will need to up his game several levels. But at 37-years-old, can he deliver that?
Joe Joyce vs Joseph Parker Prediction
We predict that Parker will start fast, catch Joyce early with big shots and build up a significant lead but Joyce will continue to put the pressure on him and in the mid-rounds when Parker inevitably takes a breather, Joyce will back him up and hurt him, possibly knocking him down but with Parker’s amazing chin, Joyce won’t be able to keep him down. Joyce will have a good spell but it won’t be enough and the New Zealander will go on to beat Joyce via PTS Decision.