Joe Joyce vs Joseph Parker LIVE: Latest updates, result and reaction tonight

Joe Joyce vs Joseph Parker LIVE: Latest updates, result and reaction tonight

On Saturday night in Manchester, Joe Joyce was unfazed, undeterred and unrelenting as he marched through Joseph Parker’s offence, defence and resilience to knock out the New Zealander in the 11th round and claim the vacant interim WBO heavyweight title. There have been criticisms of Joyce’s speed, movement and creativity since the Olympic silver medalist turned pro, but the Briton has compiled a 15-0 (14 KOs) unbeaten record by playing to his strengths, and that was exactly what he did against Parker in this enthralling main-event contest at the AO Arena.

At 37 years old, Joyce has time against him in his quest to become a world champion, but it did not show on Saturday. Joyce picked his moments wisely in Manchester, applying constant, measured pressure against Parker but only increasing the volume and intensity of his output when absolutely necessary. Joyce established a healthy lead with forward movement, teasing jabs and well-timed power punches, while New Zealand’s Parker demonstrated great heart to absorb his opponent’s most effective offence and fire back with brutal body hooks and the occasional frightening haymaker.

Yet the “Juggernaut” continually pressed forward, indefatigable as he accepted Parker’s punches as though they were ‘tickles’, something he had threatened to do ahead of the bout. As the cuts and bruises began to mount for Parker, who did his best not to wilt and to instead conjure a finish against the odds, Joyce sensed that the end need not wait until the final bell, and he ultimately put Parker away in the penultimate round. Re-live updates from Joyce vs Parker and the full undercard, below.

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

  • Heavyweights clashed in main event at AO Arena in Manchester

  • Joyce stays unbeaten and becomes first man to stop Parker

  • Briton finishes New Zealander in 11th round after relentless display

  • Joyce, 37, claims vacant interim WBO heavyweight title with victory

  • Amanda Serrano overcomes Sarah Mahfoud in featherweight title fight

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

00:07 , Alex Pattle

Full main-event report here:

Joe Joyce finishes Joseph Parker to cap off relentless display in Manchester

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Joyce claimed the vacant interim WBO heavyweight title with the win (Getty Images)
Joyce claimed the vacant interim WBO heavyweight title with the win (Getty Images)

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23:54 , Alex Pattle

Joyce calls out Oleksandr Usyk!

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Joe Joyce def. Joseph Parker via 11th-round KO (1:03).

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23:36 , Alex Pattle

Joyce led by two, three, and five rounds across the judges’ scorecards at the time of the stoppage.

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23:36 , Alex Pattle

Parker showed great heart and resilience, but Joyce was unrelenting and the finish was always within reach.

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23:33 , Alex Pattle

Round 11

Into the championship rounds. Parker with some nice counter shots, but Joyce starts to pour on some heavy strikes of his own.

The Briton is going in search of a finish, and he might have found it with a vicious left hook! It’s a heavy fall for Parker, and he just fails to beat the referee’s count!!!

Joyce wins via KO!

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

23:31 , Alex Pattle

Round 10

A brutal start to the 10th round, with each man landing heavy shots to the head and body of his opponent.

Parker finds homes for a left hook and an uppercut. Good head movement from Joyce to avoid any further offence.

He corners Parker then leans on the Kiwi, who is looking fatigued and wobbly now.

Two left hooks in quick succession land for Parker, though. He just about blocks a hard left hook up top, then lands two more of his own just before the bell!

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

23:27 , Alex Pattle

Round 9

The referee checks on Parker’s cut ahead of the ninth round. His left eye is closing, too.

A disciplined approach from Joyce here. He’s surely ahead and is fighting sensibly.

A huge uppercut connects for Parker, but Joyce just doesn’t seem to care. He pours on punches of his own.

Left hook for Parker, right overhand for Joyce. Another left hook for Parker; this time Joyce responds with an uppercut.

Now Joyce targets the body of Parker with hooks off both wings. Parker returns th efavour.

A clean overhand right is on the money for Parker. You guessed it; Joyce is unfazed.

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

23:23 , Alex Pattle

Round 8

Joyce picks up where he left off in the seventh round. He curves a left hook in Parker’s direction.

Parker tries for a right uppercut but misses again. Lots of straight shots from Joyce now.

A heavy right to the body and right to the head land for Joyce! Parker again comes back!

A brutal right hook lands to the body of Parker, who winces and sinks back onto the ropes.

More courage shown by Parker, though.

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

23:19 , Alex Pattle

Round 7

Into the second half of this main event.

Parker misses by some way with a right uppercut. Joyce then leans on the Kiwi on the ropes.

Parker comes back with a right hook to the ribs of Joyce, who reponds in kind. Once more he weighs down on Parker against the ropes.

The heavyweights trade right hands to the head. Joyce with a promising flurry as Parker is backed up against the ropes; the Briton is taking more risks here, opening up more.

Parker comes back, but he’s been cut badly around his right eye! Joyce is going for a finish... but he’ll run out of time in this round.

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

23:15 , Alex Pattle

Round 6

Joyce gets right after Parker. He’s starting to increase the intensity here, putting more power into his punches. He’s timing his shots well, too, catching out Parker.

Joyce mixes it up, varying his punches and the targets, too. Parker almost catches the Briton with an overhand counter, though, while backed up against the ropes.

Now Joyce reins things in a bit, getting back behind the jab. Again Parker lands a decent right hand on the counter.

Now a right uppercut connects for Parker, but Joyce is still unfazed. Late in the round, Parker remembers to target the body of the Olympian.

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23:11 , Alex Pattle

Round 5

Joyce backs up Parker and employs a few hooks to the body of the Kiwi, who then nearly walks onto a right hand as he looks to get off the ropes.

Parker is breathing heavily but lands a decent left hook. He’s finally warned about a low blow.

Parker’s hands are low. Both men trade body shots. Persisent pressure from Joyce, who then eats a right hook up top.

A right cross lands for Parker, but again Joyce walks through it.

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

23:07 , Alex Pattle

Round 4

This has been lots of fun so far.

Parker whips a left hook round, landing upstairs. Joyce seems unfazed. The Briton is throwing teasing, straight punches.

Parker then buries two left hooks below the belt of Joyce, and the “Juggernaut” winces but doesn’t complain! How?!

A right cross lands for Parker. This is so back and forth.

Joyce corners Parker, who goes to the jab in an effort to keep the Briton at bay. A left hook lands clean for Parker, but once again Joyce evidences the resilience of his chin by absorbing it well! And the same with a HUGE overhand right!

Parker launches another overhand right, which is partially blocked.

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23:03 , Alex Pattle

Round 3

Joyce comes forward and sticks behind the jab. There are a couple of teasing left hooks from the Briton, too, before he lays into the cheek of Parker with a heavy one!

Now the heavyweights really let their hands go! It’s Joyce who is throwing with rgeater volume and landing!

Is Parker in trouble? Now Joyce swings to the body. Parker is still with it, regains some composure and appears to squeeze an uppercut through his opponent’s guard.

Joyce is undeterred, however. Parker gets back to those body hooks, before he throws a quick right hand to the head of Joyce.

The final few seconds of the round are messy, with Parker connecting with a right hand on the bell!

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

22:59 , Alex Pattle

Round 2

Joyce again looks to fight on the front foot. He grazes Parker with a hook up top, then beats the Kiwi to the punch with a jab.

Parker sticks to his gameplan with heavy hooks to the mid-section of the Briton. Joyce blocks a heavy left hook upstairs but eats a right cross. He takes it well, though.

Again Joyce backs up Parker, and again the New Zealander retaliates with body shots. A wild overhand right misses for Parker as he looks to get off the ropes.

Now Parker looks to get behind the jab. Joyce’s speed, or lack thereof, is often criticised, but the pressure he’s applying is consistent and seems to be causing Parker a few issues.

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

22:55 , Alex Pattle

Round 1

Lots of pressure from Joyce early on, while Parker looks to split the guard with jabs up top.

The Kiwi then hurls some hooks into the midriff of Joyce.

Each man takes his turn to surge forward with shots. Parker continues to target the body of Joyce.

A competitive first round.

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The fighters are in the ring, the introductions have been made... here we go!

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Now here comes the unbeaten Joyce, who is 14-0 as a pro with 13 KO wins.

Prior to turning pro, Joyce won silver for Team GB at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Now 37 years old, though, the Briton has time against him.

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22:43 , Alex Pattle

New Zealand’s Parker is first to make his ring walk. Teammate Tyson Fury wishes him luck along the way.

Parker’s professional record stands at 30-2 (21 knockouts). His only defeats have come against Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte, both of whom outpointed the 30-year-old.

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Here’s an excerpt from our interview with Parker this week:

“I’ve met Joe before, a few times, and he’s a nice guy. We’re going back and forth on social media, but ultimately we both can’t talk crap – and we’re not very good at it. But when we fight, we’re gonna fight hard; I think we’re gonna do most of our talking in the ring, both of us.

“I think we should leave the crap-talking to Tyson [Fury, Parker’s teammate] and to Deontay Wilder, to everyone else. Every fight’s the same; whether it’s someone who talks a lot of crap and s*** or someone who’s nice, it’s all the same. I wanna go in there and get the job done, and beat them up.”

Full interview here:

Joseph Parker on Joe Joyce fight: ‘We should leave the cr**-talking to Fury’

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22:36 , Alex Pattle

Here’s Indy Sport columnist Steve Bunce on tonight’s main event:

“Joyce and Parker are both in the world’s top 10, both waiting for a championship fight but have instead, against all logic, agreed to fight each other. It is a truly rare event in the muddled business of boxing and one that they have agreed to on a voluntary basis and not under orders from one of the sanctioning bodies.

“Joyce is unbeaten in 14 professional fights since losing in the Olympic final in 2016; Parker once held the WBO title and he has only lost to the very best. Parker has never been stopped and Joyce has knocked out 13 of the men he has beaten. I have no idea why these two are fighting – it is a joy.

“It really is a risk, a tough fight for both at a time when just about every leading contender in every single weight division is taking the easy route. Joyce and Parker deserve respect for breaking with tradition, turning the ancient boxing clock back and agreeing to fight.”

Full article here:

Joe Joyce and Joseph Parker set logic aside to turn back ancient boxing clock

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

22:33 , Alex Pattle

One fight left! Joe Joyce vs Joseph Parker for the vacant WBO interim heavyweight title.

Joe Joyce (left) puts his unbeaten record on the line against Joseph Parker (Action Images via Reuters)
Joe Joyce (left) puts his unbeaten record on the line against Joseph Parker (Action Images via Reuters)

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

22:31 , Alex Pattle

Amanda Serrano def. Sarah Mahfoud via unanimous decision (99-92, 97-93, 97-93).

Serrano retains her featherweight titles and adds another belt to her collection!

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22:29 , Alex Pattle

We’ll wait for the judges’ scorecards...

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Serrano vs Mahfoud – Round 10

Final round! Serrano is stalking Mahfoud, who has landed with greater success over the last few frames and has reddened the face of Serrano.

A right cross connects for Mahfoud as she beats the Puerto Rican to the punch. But Serrano comes back with a heavy hook to the body.

Another fine spell from Mahfoud to close out the fighter, however.

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

22:25 , Alex Pattle

Serrano vs Mahfoud – Round 9

Penultimate round.

Lots of movement from Serrano. She drives a left straight into the ribs of Mahfoud.

The champion then wings a left hook, but Mahfoud is out of range. Good head movement from Serrano as Mahfoud looks to fire back.

A fine flurry from Mahfoud in the closing moments! She stings the champion with a right straight!

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

22:22 , Alex Pattle

Serrano vs Mahfoud – Round 8

A stinging jab gets through for Serrano, who then looks for the left cross repeatedly.

A nice counter jab then lands for Serrano after she slips a one-two from Mahfoud.

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22:19 , Alex Pattle

Serrano vs Mahfoud – Round 7

A left straight lands for Serrano, now a right. The champion then swings a left hook into the body of Mahfoud.

Mahfoud needs to be more positive; her jab alone will not win this fight.

More heavy body hooks from Serrano.

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

22:16 , Alex Pattle

Serrano vs Mahfoud – Round 6

Mahfoud looks to get on the front foot. She’s not throwing much more than her jab, though, and Serrano is usually out of range.

Serrano was looking for counter shots, but now she’s beginning to assert herself again.

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22:14 , Alex Pattle

Coming up shortly...

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22:13 , Alex Pattle

Serrano vs Mahfoud – Round 5

Some decent jabs from Mahfoud as she’s backed up, but Serrano is showing the Faroese-Dane little respect, marching the challenger down incessantly.

A right hook connects to the face of Mahfoud. Good range management and head movement from Serrano, too.

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

22:10 , Alex Pattle

Serrano vs Mahfoud – Round 4

Lots of effective body work now from Serrano, who is using that left hook especially well. A right jab connects to the head, too.

Serrano squeezes an uppercut through Mahfoud’s guard. This time it’s a right hook to the mid-section of Mahfoud.

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

22:08 , Alex Pattle

Serrano vs Mahfoud – Round 3

Brutal left body hook from Serrano to Mahfoud, who then lands a jab while moving backwards.

Serrano with a left cross to the chest of Mahfoud.

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

22:05 , Alex Pattle

Serrano vs Mahfoud – Round 2

A left hook lands to the body of Mahfoud, who has been cut to the head after a coming-together.

In fact, Serrano may also be cut, but there’s a lot of blood streaming down Mahfoud’s forehead.

Serrano is starting to land more clinically, too.

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

22:02 , Alex Pattle

Serrano vs Mahfoud – Round 1

Mahfoud is light on her feet early on as Serrano pushes forward.

Serrano is loading up on her shots a bit too much at the moment, while Mahfoud is trying to stick behind the jab.

Mahfoud is also circling to her left for the most part, away from southpaw Serrano’s power hand.

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21:59 , Alex Pattle

Serrano has held world titles in numerous weight classes, but she enters this bout as unified featherweight champion.

Here we go.

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Puerto Rican Serrano’s pro record stands at 42-2-1 (30 KOs).

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Faroese-Dane Mahfoud is unbeaten at 11-0, with three of her wins having come via knockout.

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This is Serrano’s first outing since April, when she lost to undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor in a very close fight at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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21:52 , Alex Pattle

The co-main event has arrived – Amanda Serrano defends her featherweight belts against the unbeaten Sarah Mahfoud!

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Nathan Heaney def. Jack Flatley via technical unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45).

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21:40 , Alex Pattle

Heaney is trying to see the cut in the reflection of one of his team member’s glasses!

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21:39 , Alex Pattle

Heaney vs Flatley – Round 5

Flatley tries to fight behind the jab. Heaney is getting a bit too wild with his counter shots.

We’ll have a time-out now as Heaney’s head is checked after an accidental but nasty clash of heads...

Oh, wow. There’s a horrid cut above Heaney’s right eye! The fight has been stopped!

We’re going to go to the judges’ scorecards.

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21:34 , Alex Pattle

Heaney vs Flatley – Round 4

Flatley is growing into the fight, doing a decent job of fighting on the front foot.

The men clinch, and Flatley buries left hooks into the midriff of Heaney, who is breathing heavily but tries to assert himself by coming forward after the fighters separate.

A short left lands for Heaney, but there’s not much on it.

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21:31 , Alex Pattle

Heaney vs Flatley – Round 3

A nice right hook finds a home for Heaney, who targets the ribs of Flatley.

He then sneaks an uppercut under Flatley’s guard, before staggering after eating a left hook to the head.

Now Flatley hooks to the body. This is a better period for both men after a scrappy spell.

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21:26 , Alex Pattle

Heaney vs Flatley – Round 2

Heaney with lots of volume early in the second round.

He then slows down a bit as both fighters struggle for accuracy.

Flatley at least tries to get on the front foot later in the round.

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21:23 , Alex Pattle

Heaney vs Flatley – Round 1

Flatley crouches then flings an overhand left Heaney’s way. He then connects with an overhand right.

Good uppercut for Heaney, though, during a Flatley flurry. Now a stern left hook from Heaney, who then lands an uppercut while moving backwards.

Clean jab for Flatley late in the round as Heaney is just a bit too static.

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21:17 , Alex Pattle

Next up is middleweight action as Nathan Heaney takes on Jack Flatley.

A swell of support here for Heaney, who emerges to a considerable reaction.

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21:07 , Alex Pattle

This will go down as a split decision...

116-112 to Cacace...

116-112 to Magnesi...

117-111 to Cacace!

The Northern Irishman dethrones Magnesi as IBO super-featherweight champion!

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21:03 , Alex Pattle

Magnesi vs Cacace – Round 12

Final round.

A right cross connects for Magnesi. Cacace comes back with one of his own. Now he backs up Magnesi for the first time in a while.

A combination lands for Magnesi, who is finally looking tired. Cacace with a counter left hook, but Magnesi unloads hooks to the body of the Northern Irishman.

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20:59 , Alex Pattle

Magnesi vs Cacace – Round 11

Two rounds to go. Cacace has only grown into this bout, despite constant forward pressure from champion Magnesi.

A right cross and left hook are on point for Magnesi. Cacace lands a left uppercut in the clinch.

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20:55 , Alex Pattle

Magnesi vs Cacace – Round 10

Final few rounds. More clean counter shots from Cacace on the back foot.

Magnesi eventually gets through with a short right hand. He then misses with a series of hooks, though, before Cacace snaps back the Italian’s head with a jab.

A Cacace left hook and right cross find homes up top. Now Magnesi manages a first significant shot in a while, however, hooking to the head of Cacace.

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

20:51 , Alex Pattle

Magnesi vs Cacace – Round 9

Lots of volume from both fighters early in this ninth round. The super-featherweights clinch, and Magnesi just unleashes a series of right hooks into Cacace’s ribs.

The pair separate, and Cacace stops Magnesi in his tracks with a hard left hand as the Italian presses forward. Lovely shot.

A lancing jab scores for Magnesi, then a right hand.

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

20:48 , Alex Pattle

Magnesi vs Cacace – Round 8

More viciousness from Magnesi, who targets Cacace’s body in the clinch and then smashes a right hook into the Northern Irishman’s temple. He is warned by the referee for supposedly being a bit dirty, though...

The men separate, and Magnesi lands a clean hook to the head! Now Cacace connects with a sharp one-two, however!

A left hook lands for Cacace as he steps in to close range. This is promising from the Northern Irishman, who looked at risk of tiring out. Another left hook scores for Cacace, this one to the body.

Late in the round, a right cross connects for Cacace! Magnesi grins and shakes his head.

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

20:44 , Alex Pattle

Magnesi vs Cacace – Round 7

Brutal output from Magnesi, who immediately backs up Cacace and buries body shots into the Northern Irishman’s ribs.

It seems that Magnesi isn’t going to fade, while Cacace is perhaps beginning to... though he’s trying to maintain activity.

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20:40 , Alex Pattle

Magnesi vs Cacace – Round 6

Cacace misses with a few hooks and uppercuts and is punished for being too static, as Magnesi is then much more clinical, landing a spiteful right hook to the head.

It seems that the cut by Cacace’s left eye was caused by an accidental clash of heads...

Now Magnesi puts together a quick combination up top.

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20:36 , Alex Pattle

Magnesi vs Cacace – Round 5

Magnesi is certainly landing with considerable volume as the fight approaches its midway point.

The super-featherweights trade right hands. You have to wonder whether the constant movement under pressure is going to wear down Cacace.

He lands a hard right cross to the body of Magnesi but also looks to have been cut by his left eye.

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

20:32 , Alex Pattle

Magnesi vs Cacace – Round 4

You guessed it, Magnesi is on the front foot from the opening bell of this round. Cacace is backed up to the ropes but reverses the position and unloads a combination to the body of the Italian.

Magnesi gets in close and mixes it up, burrowing hooks into the mid-section of Cacace but also targeting the head of the Northern Irishman.

Good range management from Cacace as he jabs to the body then evades a shot up top. Magnesi then steps in with a stern body shot, however. More heavy blows from the Italian during a clinch, while Cacace tries to weigh down on Magnesi.

A right hand and left uppercut land for Cacace.

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

20:28 , Alex Pattle

Magnesi vs Cacace – Round 3

Magnesi at once comes forward and unleashes a barrage to the head of Cacace, who keeps his defence tight before firing back with his own flurry of shots up top.

A lovely uppercut lands for Cacace as Magnesi storms forward. Now Cacace propels a hook into the body of the Italian – brutal work.

Magnesi continues to hunt down the Northern Irishman. Cacace maintains his activity, though: jab, jab, right cross, left hook at a good speed.

A right cross and a left get through for Cacace, too, in the final moments of the round.

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20:24 , Alex Pattle

Magnesi vs Cacace – Round 2

This is a really fun round, with both men opening up here!

Cacace with a strong spell late in the frame, connecting with hooks in close, while Magnesi counters with uppercuts!

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

20:20 , Alex Pattle

Magnesi vs Cacace – Round 1

Magnesi presses forward early on and tries for an overhand right before long. Good defence from him, too, as Northern Ireland’s Cacace tries to keep the Italian at bay with jabs. Now Cacace launches his own overhand right, which is blocked, though Magnesi will still have felt it.

Magnesi connects with a right hook in close after Cacace misses with an uppercut.

A jab pierces through Magnesi’s guard and snaps back his head, then Cacace adds another sharp shot – an uppercut as the round ends!

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20:16 , Alex Pattle

And we’re under way!

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20:09 , Alex Pattle

Next up, Michael Magnesi puts the IBO super-featherweight title on the line against Anthony Cacace.

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20:04 , Alex Pattle

Ekow Essuman def. Samuel Antwi via unanimous decision (115-114, 117-112, 116-113).

So, differing scorecards but all in Essuman’s favour. He remains the owner of the British and Commonwealth welterweight titles.

Antwi’s expression shows that he felt he’d done enough to come out on top, but Essuman is a worthy winner as far as Indy Sport is concerned.

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That was a solid fight with some close rounds and fine boxing on both sides. Essuman will likely take this by several rounds, though.

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Final round! Antwi comes forward, but Essuman avoids most of his opponent’s shots and lands some grazing punches of his own.

Essuman even lands three consecutive left hooks at close range as the fight draws to a close.

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19:55 , Alex Pattle

Essuman vs Antwi – Round 11

A clean hook in close lands for Essuman. Antwi then comes forward, flicking out jabs.

More effective head movement from him as Essuman is made to miss. A good effort so far from Antwi, who has never before been past the 10th round.

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

19:52 , Alex Pattle

Essuman vs Antwi – Round 10

Essuman aims to start this round strong to quell any momentum that Antwi looked to be building in Round 9.

He connects with a heavy right hook as Antwi is backed up against the ropes. Antwi survives the onslaught, but Essuman maintains pressure and lands a clean left hook.

The welterweights clinch for a short while before separating and landing simultaneous hooks to the head! Ouch.

Antwi then employs some slick head movement to avoid Essuman’s offensive efforts, making somewhat of a show of it.

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19:48 , Alex Pattle

Essuman vs Antwi – Round 9

Essuman presses forward again, perhaps keen to set up a finish here. Antwi tries to stay disciplined, fighting behind the jab.

A couple of hooks then land for Antwi, and Essuman appears to be a little out of sorts for the first time!

The welterweights then trade shots in a bit of a firefight in the middle of the ring!

This actually seems to have given Antwi some greater confidence as the final few rounds approach...

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

19:43 , Alex Pattle

Essuman vs Antwi – Round 8

Nice range management from Antwi, who stays just past the end of Essuman’s jab.

Essuman connects with an overhand right, though, one of his best punches up to this point.

Antwi is trying to look lively, but he’s slowly being worn down by Essuman, who uses some physicality on Antwi, who is against the ropes.

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

19:39 , Alex Pattle

Essuman vs Antwi – Round 7

Lots of activity from Antwi with the jab early in this seventh round. He’s trying to fight on the front foot.

Nice counter work from Essuman, though; he’s mixing up his shots more than Antwi.

Essuman backs up Antwi and lands a fierce overhand right! It’s the best shot of the fight so far, and Antwi suddenly looks tired, too. He comes back with a clean left hook, but he’s still being outworked.

Eventually Essuman lets his opponent off the ropes. Antwi tries to get back on the front foot, but he misses with a number of jab attempts and sees a right cross to the head blocked by Essuman.

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

19:35 , Alex Pattle

Essuman vs Antwi – Round 6

Good head movement from Antwi as Essuman looks to land his jab. Antwi then just misses with a right cross upstairs, and Essuman punishes his fellow Briton with a harsh right hook to the body.

More body work now from Essuman as he leans on Antwi against the ropes. A right hook misses for Antwi.

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

19:31 , Alex Pattle

Essuman vs Antwi – Round 5

More clinching early in the fifth round. The fighters then get back into the open, where there’s a fair bit of feinting from each man.

A lunging left hook gets through for Essuman, who then tries to bully Antwi with heavy strikes in close, against the ropes.

Antwi is staying composed and clean and is firing back, but Essuman’s offence is the more eye-catching at the moment.

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

19:27 , Alex Pattle

Essuman vs Antwi – Round 4

Essuman is starting to find his groove here. Antwi takes the centre of the ring but is soon displaced as Essuman makes him miss and then launches his own offence.

The pair clinch but are soon separated by the referee. A lovely right uppercut and left hook from Antwi as Essuman fails to slip the shots!

There’s another brief clinch, before Essuman beats Antwi to the punch as both men try for a jab.

Essuman seems to just about miss with a wild overhand right in the final seconds of the round.

Joyce vs Parker LIVE

19:24 , Alex Pattle

Essuman vs Antwi – Round 3

Essuman is applying more pressure here, teasing Antwi with the jab but prioritising heavy hooks when in close.

Antwi grazes his compatriot with two hooks of his own, however – a left-right to the head.

Antwi tries to walk down Essuman, who stays light on his feet with lateral movement, making himself hard to pin down.

Essuman then puts together a longer combination as Antwi tries to evade with head movement. The defence isn’t slick enough, however, and Antwi would really be better off trying to block these shots.

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Essuman vs Antwi – Round 2

Great work from Antwi early in Round 2. He’s beating Essuman to the punch every time, quicker with his jab and slicker with his head movement and timing.

Essuman fires a nice right cross into the midriff of his fellow Briton now, however. But he then comes forward and is caught with a counter shot to the head.

A good combination follows for Essuman, though, with hooks to the body then head of Antwi. He backs Antwi up against the ropes, but Antwi stays composed.

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Essuman vs Antwi – Round 1

Not the most eventful first round here until the final moments, but Antwi shows flashes of his ability – especially with his lead left hand.

Essuman, meanwhile, was working well behind his jab throughout the opening frame.

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In the preliminary bouts tonight...

Mark Heffron beat Martin Bulacio in the first round, Raven Chapman defeated Jorgelina Guanini via unanimous decision, Amaar Akbar outpointed Karlo Wallace, James Heneghan overcame Rod Douglas Jnr in Round 5, and Callum Thompson got past Delmar Thomas on the judges’ scorecards.

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Ekow Essuman vs Samuel Antwi at welterweight will open the main card!

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Here we go, the in-ring action should start any moment now.

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T-minus 10 minutes until the main card begins!

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Parker’s teammate and training partner Tyson Fury is in the building!

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Here are the odds for tonight’s main event and co-main event – which sees Amanda Serrano defend her unified featherweight titles against Sarah Mahfoud – via Betfair:

Joyce – 1/2; Draw – 18/1; Parker – 6/4.

Serrano – 1/18; Draw – 25/1; Mahfoud – 17/2.

Amanda Serrano (left) lost a narrow decision to Katie Taylor last time out (Frank Franklin II/AP/PA) (AP)
Amanda Serrano (left) lost a narrow decision to Katie Taylor last time out (Frank Franklin II/AP/PA) (AP)

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Tonight’s card in full:

Joe Joyce vs Joseph Parker (vacant WBO interim heavyweight title)

Amanda Serrano (C) vs Sarah Mahfoud (WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO women’s featherweight titles)

Michael Magnesi (C) vs Anthony Cacace (IBO super-featherweight title)

Ekow Essuman vs Samuel Antwi (welterweight)

Nathan Heaney vs Jack Flatley (middleweight)

Raven Chapman vs Jorgelina Guanini (women’s featherweight)

James Heneghan vs Rod Douglas Jnr (super-middleweight)

Callum Thompson vs Delmar Thomas (lightweight)

Amaar Akbar vs Karlo Wallace (super-lightweight)

Mark Heffron vs Martin Bulacio (super-middleweight)

Tommy Fletcher vs Toni Visic (cruiserweight)

Joyce vs Parker undercard: Who else is fighting tonight?

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A reminder of tonight’s timings and viewing information:

The main card is set to begin at 7pm BST (11am PT, 1pm CT, 2pm ET), with ring walks for the main event expected at around 10pm BST (2pm PT, 4pm CT, 5pm ET).

The event will air live exclusively on BT Sport Box Office in the UK, with the card priced at £19.95. In the US, the event will stream live on ESPN+ for subscribers to the platform.

We’ll be providing live, round-by-round updates from the undercard and main event right here, too.

Joyce vs Parker live stream: How to watch fight online and on TV tonight

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Here’s an excerpt from our interview with Parker this week:

“I’ve met Joe before, a few times, and he’s a nice guy. We’re going back and forth on social media, but ultimately we both can’t talk crap – and we’re not very good at it. But when we fight, we’re gonna fight hard; I think we’re gonna do most of our talking in the ring, both of us.

“I think we should leave the crap-talking to Tyson [Fury, Parker’s teammate] and to Deontay Wilder, to everyone else. Every fight’s the same; whether it’s someone who talks a lot of crap and s*** or someone who’s nice, it’s all the same. I wanna go in there and get the job done, and beat them up.”

Full interview here:

Joseph Parker on Joe Joyce fight: ‘We should leave the cr**-talking to Fury’

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Here’s Indy Sport columnist Steve Bunce on tonight’s main event:

“Joyce and Parker are both in the world’s top 10, both waiting for a championship fight but have instead, against all logic, agreed to fight each other. It is a truly rare event in the muddled business of boxing and one that they have agreed to on a voluntary basis and not under orders from one of the sanctioning bodies.

“Joyce is unbeaten in 14 professional fights since losing in the Olympic final in 2016; Parker once held the WBO title and he has only lost to the very best. Parker has never been stopped and Joyce has knocked out 13 of the men he has beaten. I have no idea why these two are fighting – it is a joy.

“It really is a risk, a tough fight for both at a time when just about every leading contender in every single weight division is taking the easy route. Joyce and Parker deserve respect for breaking with tradition, turning the ancient boxing clock back and agreeing to fight.”

Full article here:

Joe Joyce and Joseph Parker set logic aside to turn back ancient boxing clock

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Two of the top 10 heavyweights in the world will collide in Manchester tonight (24 September), as Joe Joyce welcomes Joseph Parker back to Britain for a highly-anticipated main-event fight.

Since winning silver for Team GB at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Joyce has compiled an unbeaten professional record of 14-0, knocking out 13 of his opponents along the way. Joyce has therefore been wasting no time in trying to become a world champion, which has been ideal for the 37-year-old, whose reputation as an up-and-comer belies his age. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Parker is 30-2 as a pro, with his only defeats having come against Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte in back-to-back bouts in 2018, both on British soil as the home fighters outpointed the 30-year-old.

Parker’s last two outings also took place in Britain, as the Kiwi beat Derek Chisora via split decision then by unanimous decision in May and December 2021. Joyce, meanwhile, has fought more recently, stopping Christian Hammer in the fourth round this July. The WBO interim heavyweight title is on the line in this evening’s main event, with Parker and Joyce both taking a considerable risk by facing one another.

 (Action Images via Reuters)
(Action Images via Reuters)