It was repeat for Zhilei Zhang in the rematch with Joe Joyce, as the guy from China scored a brutal knockout.
Very last time out, Zhang wore Joyce down and the doctor stopped the struggle in the sixth spherical because of to hurt to the eye of the Brit, but this time it was one punch that completed the clash.
The very first round was pretty tentative for both guys, with nothing at all of notice landed, but most importantly for Joyce he did not maintain any injury like he did early in the very first struggle.
This did not previous prolonged, nonetheless, as Zhang rapidly started to find a residence for his still left hand the moment once again and seemed to rock Joyce on a amount of situations in spherical two.
And in spherical three Zhang landed the telling blow, as he spectacularly knocked out Joyce.
With Zhang expanding in assurance in the struggle, he threw a thunderous suitable hook that noticed Joyce, typically recognized for his granite chin, collapse onto the canvas.
For the initial 6 seconds of the referee’s count, Joyce lay facial area-down on the floor prior to bravely trying to get again to his ft, but the bout was waved off.
This signifies that Zhang protect his WBO ‘interim’ globe title, making him mandatory for present-day champion Oleksandr Usyk.
Even though first, Usyk has to deal with his IBF obligatory challenger, Filip Hrgovic, and so Zhang will have to wait his flip.