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Boxing: Joe Joyce knockout Joseph Parker at 11th-round

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Britain’s Joe Joyce walked through the best New Zealander Joseph Parker had to offer to knock out his rival in the 11th round of a thrilling fight in Manchester.

The heavyweights went toe-to-toe in a back and forth contest before a stunning left hook landed flush on the chin of Parker.

Joyce claimed the WBO interim heavyweight title with the biggest win of his career and now has his eyes set on challenging heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk in 2023.

The Briton’s step up in class had been debated after 14 pro fights against lower-level opponents. He turned 37 this week having only turned pro when he was 31 after a late start to his amateur career.

But Joyce showed a granite chin to become the first man to stop Parker, a former world champion.

“Joseph Parker… what a fighter and what a fight,” he said.

“It was a tough fight and praise to Parker. I really enjoyed it and I had to dig deep to get through the rounds. I hit him with everyone I’ve got, I tried it all and he was still coming forward.

“I managed to drop him at the end but it was hard work. Usyk let’s get it on.”

The fight took shape in the third round. Parker started well, utilising his jab and landed some heavy shots, but Joyce just kept coming forward.

He bloodied the nose of Parker in the second and the third exploded into relentless action, with both men trading.

Parker was rocked by a superb one-two from Joyce, seconds after the Brit had been tagged by a right hand. The Kiwi stayed on his feet, amazingly, and fought back as the ferocious head-to-head continued to the bell.

Joyce was hit again and again by Parker’s big left, but stood firm each time, showing no sign he felt the force of his opponent’s shots.

He responded to every one of Parker’s blows with spiteful shots of his own, often big right hands or chopping short shots.

The Briton shrugged off the best Parker had to offer, hard left hooks in the fourth and a massive swinging right in the fifth.

oyce, perhaps feeling he could withstand whatever Parker threw at him, suddenly picked up the pace in the sixth round, trapping Parker in the corner and unloading.

Parker defended himself in front of his corner and tried to slow Joyce with body shots. But it didn’t stop the onslaught.

The Olympian bloodied Parker’s nose again in the seventh before opening up a big cut above his right eye.

Parker stumbled backwards under the barrage and Joyce poured forward again, but the bell arrived just in time for Parker.

Into the eighth round and Parker’s eye was clearly bothering him as he repeatedly touched it. The visiting fighter looked exhausted but finally a hard left caused a reaction from Joyce.

For the first time in almost 25 minutes Joyce staggered under the weight of the shot, but the success was short-lived as he came forward again.

Parker’s left landed again in the ninth round and the heavyweight stood still for a second, waiting to see if the immovable object in front of him was hurt. He was not.

With Joyce flooding forward again, Parker smashed him in the face with four short left hooks. No luck.

Joyce then came out swinging in the 11th and finally put his opponent down. Parker missed the count to bring to a close a remarkable battle.


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