‘That Exposed His Weakness’: Joe Joyce vs. Zhilei Zhang II Presser Recap
Joe Joyce (15-1, 14 KOs) and Zhilei Zhang (25-1-1, 20 KOs) met with the media at The Drum, Wembley, located in Brent Civic Centre, prior to their heavyweight showdown Saturday night at Wembley’s OVO Arena. The rematch will see Joyce looking to reignite his quest for world title glory, or can Zhang dominate once again after winning their first contest via a sixth-round TKO? You can find out how to stream, betting odds and the full fight card here.
The undercard features a return to the ring for Anthony Yarde, who will take on Jorge Silva (22-8, 12 KOs).
At Thursday’s press conference, this is what the fighters had to say:
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“I want that title back he took from me last time. It (the belt) looks real shiny over there,” said Joyce, before rubbing his hands together, prompting laughter of the attending press.”
“The first fight exposed a lot of mistakes me and my team made in the camp and it’s about correcting those. Not overlooking Zhang, I need to get those things right,” said Joyce.“
“A lot of small changes make a big difference. That’s what we’ve done.”
In response to Zhang saying he will end his career, Joyce exclaimed: “Let’s see it then. Let’s have it.“
“For the first fight you gave me the opportunity, but your team made a mistake in choosing me.”
“Your team going for the rematch is a bigger mistake. I’m here to end your career.”
“I really enjoyed myself after the first victory. I see Joe today is of course trying to grab the title back.”
“I just want to say that I’m the tiger and I’m hungry. And you don’t take food out of the tiger’s mouth.”
“There is no question I will aim for the eye in the rematch.”
“This is an instinct. In the first fight I had zero idea his eye would end up like that.”
“That exposed his weakness. I’ll be a fool if I don’t continue exploring that.”
— Queensberry Promotions (@Queensberry) September 21, 2023
“The winner of this fight will be definitely called to fight the WBO champion next year. The loser will have to wait at least 18 months to two years to get a sniff at a voluntary defence.”
“Maybe (Joyce) he did. We weren’t talking about that fight, we were talking about the world-title fight, and everybody was. That’s the danger of overlooking the immediate task.”