The WBO Interim heavyweight title fight between Zhilei Zhang and Joe Joyce is attracting huge attention. Zhang managed to beat Joyce in April and show that he is a really good boxer. Joe worked a lot before the new fight, and it is also interesting that Tyson Fury offered him help.
However, Joyce rejected such a proposal. Fury believes that his decision will cause consequences. “He got beat like I thought he would,” Fury said, as quoted by boxingscene.com! “Me and Shane [his brother] thought that Zhang would beat him.
I actually thought that Joe would have to get up off the floor a couple of times and claw a win back, maybe, if he took him a few rounds. Obviously he didn’t and he got beat. I told Joe - live on the internet - that if he came to Morecombe Bay I’d almost guarantee him a win over Zhang.
He didn’t, he went to Vegas. You can’t help somebody who doesn’t want to be helped. It is what it is”.
Tyson Fury on Zhang
Tyson Fury had only words of praise for Zhang and believes that the Chinese will win again.
Fury noticed many qualities in Zhang. If Joyce does not make any changes in the new match, Tyson stressed that Zhang will have an easy job.
“I can’t tell you that. That would be giving my training secrets away but let me just say, make no mistakes about it, if Joe had come up to Morecombe Bay he would have smashed Zhang,” Fury said.
“Now I’m not so sure. You have to favour the Chinese man, purely on the fact that he’s already beaten him once and if he doesn’t do something different in the next fight and it goes down the same road, he’ll beat him again.
I think he’s a very tough opponent and he’s a big southpaw punching man. He’s not like Usyk, a feather duster jibbing and jabbing around the ring. This man is trying to take your brains out. He’s 6ft 6in and twenty stone. He’s a very different customer and very dangerous”.