It's on! Joe Joyce faces Joseph Parker in heavyweight banger on BT Sport Box Office this September

Joe Joyce will face former world champion Joseph Parker in a titanic clash exclusively live on BT Sport Box Office on September 24.

By George Mills Published: 4 August 2022 - 12.35pm

It’s on! Joe Joyce will take on Joseph Parker at the Manchester Arena on Saturday 24 September, exclusively live on BT Sport Box Office.

Fight fans look set be treated to an absolute cracker between two men who rarely take a backwards step as both jostle for position in the heavyweight division with the lure of a world title shot looming in the not-too-distant future.

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The pair had verbally agreed to face one another earlier this summer only for talks to fall through at the 11th hour when Parker opted to pledge his future to a rival promoter.

In the meantime, Joyce dispatched of German contender Christian Hammer to mark his first action in a year, making a winning return to the ring following a serious arm injury.

But in the last few weeks, Parker returned to negotiations seeking to honour his commitment to facing Joyce in a potentially pivotal heavyweight clash.

The 30-year-old former WBO world champion is keen to return to relevancy at the top of the division having dispatched of game veteran Dereck Chisora in successive outings on his last two trips to the ring, extending his winning run to six straight in the process.

Joe Joyce fighting Christian Hammer
Joe Joyce defeated Christian Hammer with a fourth-round TKO at Wembley Arena in July

Meanwhile Joyce, who is undefeated through 14 pro fights, will go in search of a 14th career knockout against a man who claims to possess the best chin in the heavyweight division.

Ranked one and two by the WBO governing body respectively, Joyce vs Parker is a meeting of two men truly at the top of their game that neither can afford to lose.

“This is the perfect test of big Joe's world championship credentials”
- Frank Warren

"This is a fantastic fight that really keeps the heavyweight ball rolling," Hall of Fame promoter and Queensberry boss Frank Warren said.

"It has proved to be a little while in the making, but this is a match between two in-form and quality heavyweights fighting to be first in the queue for a world title shot.

"It is one the fans want to see so I am delighted to be taking this blockbuster fight to Manchester, the biggest indoor arena in the country, which we want to see packed to the rafters.

"Joseph Parker is obviously a well-known and highly respected fight figure over here in the UK, both for his exploits in the ring and him working alongside Tyson Fury up in Morecambe. He also looks a greatly improved heavyweight since teaming up with Andy Lee and his defeat of Dereck Chisora last time out was a comprehensive one.

"This is the perfect test of big Joe's world championship credentials and victory over Parker would propel him into the top echelons of the division and right in the mix with the likes of Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk."

Joseph Parker fighting Dereck Chisora
Joseph Parker is on a six-fight win streak including a pair of victories against Dereck Chisora

Olympic silver medallist Joyce added: "This fight has been a long time in the making.

"Parker realised he had nowhere else to go and eventually had to take this fight. No 1 vs No 2. The winner goes on to fight for the world title! It’s going to be a cracking fight and you will see why he tried so hard to avoid me!"

Parker, the former WBO world titlist, said: “On Saturday, September 24th, the fans in Manchester will see the very best of me. And Joe Joyce will see exactly why I will become the heavyweight champion of the world again with BOXXER.

"I am working hard with my trainer Andy Lee, everything is going smoothly and I truly feel great. I have waited patiently to get this fight on and let me tell you now, the Juggernaut’s journey ends right here. He has nowhere to run.”

Tickets for ‘Nowhere to Run’ - the heavyweight clash between Joe Joyce and Joe Parker - are priced from £40 and will go on sale at 12pm on Tuesday, 9 August exclusively from Ticketmaster.co.uk.