“I could have done better”: Jon Joyce got his eye busted in shocking loss against Zhilei Zhang

Defeating Joy Joyce in front of his hometown crowd tonight, Zhilei Zhang stunned the boxing world. At the post-fight interview, Joyce didn’t have much of a choice but to accept the failure and apologize to British boxing fans. 

At the Copper Box Arena in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney Wick, Zhang, and Joyce engaged in a thrilling heavyweight fight. Big Bang’s strength knocked Juggernaut out of the battle in the sixth round, forcing the referee to end the fight.

What did Joyce have to say about his unexpected loss to Zhilei Zhang?

Joyce had a 15-0 record and was undefeated before his bout against the Chinese heavyweight. In front of the London crowd, it was only reasonable to assume that Juggernaut would easily win and move closer to a shot at the world championship. The local hero, however, failed after suffering terrible eye edema.

In the post-fight press conference, the British boxer expressed dissatisfaction with his performance saying, “I am disappointed with my performance. It was a good fight, but I could have done better.” 

The 37-year-old fighter had just defeated Christian Hammer and Joseph Parker in 2022, but Zhang ultimately displayed amazing power against the boxer fighting in an orthodox stance. Joyce seemed utterly powerless against the might of the Big Bang.

“I have not fought against a southpaw for so long. Credit to him. He is a good fighter and I gave it my all. But I expected to win. I would like to apologize to all my fans and my supporters. I will be back and my journey is not over.” Joyce added.

It will take some time for Joyce’s eye to heal. As a result, the British boxer’s quest to take on Oleksandr Usyk, Anthony Joshua, or Tyson Fury has been put on hold.

Did you catch Joy Joyce and Zhilei Zhang’s fight? If so, let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

Khandaker Muntasir

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As a passionate UFC enthusiast, Khandaker Muntasir Hossain provides coverage of MMA, wrestling, and boxing on multiple platforms. With his deep knowledge of sports, he immerses readers in the excitement of various arenas, whether it's the octagon, squared circle, pitch, court, or ring. Through his writing and love for sports, he aims to motivate others to explore their own sporting interests and experience the magic that sports bring.


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