Joe Joyce has a very important match against Zheila Zhang this Saturday. This very talented Chinese heavyweight already defeated Joe Joyce in April in London. In the sixth round, everything was over and Joyce was no longer the undefeated fighter he was proud of and constantly emphasized.
Of course, it also disrupted his plans for the heavyweight belt.
"I haven’t fought that many southpaws, I think I can count on one hand the amount I have fought as an amateur and a pro," Joyce told Metro.co.uk via Online Bookmakers.
"But I needed to go straight back into this, mentally and physically. The big thing leading into this has been another camp working with the southpaw style. It is a different game fighting a southpaw, a different distance completely.
Zhang is obviously a talented fighter and it was a tough test. I had to iron out a few things in camp with my training but I have come out of it in a much better place and I am ready to do a job." "There were moments where I was in the fight.
It was stopped with my eye swelling up. It felt like it got stopped too early but it was out of my control because the eye had ballooned up. But it was probably a blessing in disguise getting to live to fight another day in the rematch."as quoted by metro.co.uk
A really big match for Joe Joyce and maybe the turning point of his career
Joe Joyce wants to beat the Chinese in the rematch and thus try to somehow get back what he lost, because that is his only defeat in his career.
We will see if it made him stronger or if it destroyed him mentally. Many undefeated fighters would have a turning point in their career after their first loss. "There have been some subtle changes,’ he said. ‘I been having a bit more of an input in things but it has been the same dedication and focus.
I know I was maybe guilty of taking my eye of the ball a bit and overlooking Zhang. ‘We have been trying to build the blueprint to beat him but he also has the blueprint to beat me. It is about me raising my game a lot more and I think I have done that in sparring."