Current rankings @ Heavyweight
When is Joyce vs Zhang?
Joe Joyce could face the challenge of Zhilei Zhang in Summer 2022 in the United Kingdom.
The fight would be contested over 12 rounds in the Heavyweight division, which means there would be no weight limit.
Joyce vs Zhang stats
Joe Joyce would step into the ring with an undefeated record of 14 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 13 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Zhilei Zhang would make his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 24 wins and 1 draw, with 19 of those by knock out.
The stats suggest Joyce would have advantage in power over Zhang, with a 93% knock out percentage over Zhang's 79%.
Joe Joyce is the younger man by 3 years, at 36 years old.
Joe Joyce fights out of the orthodox stance, while Zhilei Zhang is a southpaw.
Joyce is currently the less experienced professional fighter, having had 11 less fights, and made his debut in 2017, 3 year and 2 months later than Zhang, whose first professional fight was in 2014. He has fought 9 less professional rounds, 63 to Zhang's 72.
Joe Joyce goes into the fight ranked number 2 by the WBC, 1 by the WBO, 5 by the IBF and 8 by the RING at heavyweight.
Zhilei Zhang is currently ranked number 6 by the WBO and 15 by the IBF in the 201lb division.
Joyce vs Zhang form
Joyce remains undefeated as a professional, stopping 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight, he beat Christian Hammer on 2nd July 2022 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Wembley Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had beat Carlos Takam on 24th July 2021 by technical knockout in the 6th round at SSE Arena, Wembley, London.
Going into that contest, he had won against Daniel Dubois on 28th November 2020 by knockout in the 10th round in their CBC Commonwealth Heavyweight championship fight at Church House, London.
Before that, he had beat Michael Wallisch on 25th July 2020 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at BT Sport Studio, London.
He had defeated Bryant Jennings on 13th July 2019 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at The O2 Arena, London.
Zhang remains undefeated as a professional, stopping 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight, he won against Scott Alexander on 7th May 2022 by knockout in the 1st round at T-Mobile Arena, Nevada, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Craig Lewis on 27th November 2021 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at Madison Square Garden Theater, New York.
Going into that contest, he had drawn with Jerry Forrest on 27th February 2021 by majority draw in their 10 round contest at Hard Rock Stadium, Florida.
Before that, he had defeated Devin Vargas on 7th November 2020 by knockout in the 4th round at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Florida.
He had beat Andriy Rudenko on 30th November 2019 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo, Monaco.
In terms of recent activity, Zhilei Zhang has been fighting more than Joe Joyce.
Joe Joyce last fought 1 month and 11 days ago, while Zhilei Zhang's last outing was 3 months and 6 days ago.
Joyce's last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years and 1 month, meaning he has been fighting on average every 7 months and 13 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 35 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 7 rounds on average.
Zhang's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 8 months and 14 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 6 months and 16 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 27 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 5.4 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Joyce vs Zhang?
Zhilei Zhang is currently (+100) to win the clash outright, while you can get (+100) on Joe Joyce if you fancy the incredible upset.