Joyce vs Zhang 2 time: When does fight start in UK and US tonight?

Joe Joyce tasted defeat for the first time as a professional in April, when he suffered a TKO loss to Zhilei Zhang, and the Briton gets his shot at redemption this weekend.

Zhang, 40, surprised the London crowd by outboxing Joyce and injuring the 38-year-old’s eye to the point that the referee stepped in during Round 6.

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In doing so, the Chinese heavyweight took the WBO interim title from Joyce, who will look to regain the belt on Saturday and potentially set up a clash with Oleksandr Usyk.

Will it be a repeat or revenge for the “Juggernaut” as he takes on “Big Bang” again? Here’s all you need to know. We may earn commission from some of the links in this article, but we never allow this to influence our content. This revenue helps to fund journalism across The Independent.

When is the fight?

Joyce vs Zhang 2 is set to take place on Saturday 23 September, at Wembley Arena in London.

The main card is expected to begin at 7.30pm BST (11.30am PT, 1.30pm CT, 2.30pm ET), with ring walks for the main event due at around 10.30pm BST (2.30pm PT, 4.30pm CT, 5.30pm ET).

How can I watch it?

In the UK, the event will air live on TNT Sports (formerly BT Sport) and Discovery+. In the US, ESPN+ will stream the action live.

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Joyce’s right eye was left battered by Zhang in their first fight (Getty Images)
Joyce’s right eye was left battered by Zhang in their first fight (Getty Images)

Joyce – 21/20

Zhang – 17/20

Draw – 18/1

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Full card (subject to change)

Zhilei Zhang (C) vs Joe Joyce 2 (WBO interim heavyweight title)

Pierce O’Leary (C) vs Kane Gardner (WBC international super-lightweight)

Anthony Yarde vs Jorge Silva (light-heavyweight)

Sam Noakes vs Carlos Perez (lightweight)

Moses Itauma vs Amine Boucetta (heavyweight)

Aloys Youmbi vs Erik Nazaryan (cruiserweight)

Zach Parker def. Khalid Graidia via seventh-round TKO (3:00)

Royston Barney-Smith def. Engel Gomez via decision (60-52)

Ezra Taylor def. Joel McIntyre via eighth-round TKO (2:56)

Tommy Fletcher def. Alberto Tapia via fourth-round TKO (1:31)

Sean Noakes def. Lukasz Barabasz via decision (59-54)