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What time is Joyce vs Parker in the UK? Find out the fight start time, venue and latest updates
Find out when Joe Joyce vs Joseph Parker starts, where the fight is and what time the unmissable heavyweight showdown is expected to begin.
Get your crash helmets at the ready this evening as two big bangers of the heavyweight division collide in an unmissable main event on BT Sport Box Office as Joe Joyce takes on Joseph Parker for the WBO interim heavyweight title at Manchester's AO Arena.
Arguably the two toughest men of anyone across the heavyweight landscape, Joyce vs Parker pits the WBO's number one against the man ranked second with both men tantalisingly close to securing a shot at the full world title.
Olympic silver medallist Joyce will be hoping he can cap a brilliant week that began by celebrating his 37th birthday on Monday, securing the first major title of his pro career with a victory against a dangerous opponent.
Parker, meanwhile, is a man in form having won six straight including successive victories over Dereck Chisora on his previous two outings.
The popular New Zealander has relocated his training camp to Morecambe, Lancashire, in recent times after linking up with new trainer Andy Lee and heavyweight comrade Tyson Fury and he's out to show he's a different beast on his quest to reclaim his WBO world title
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They’ll be topping the bill in a battle of the big men sure to bring an explosive end to a cracking slate of fights from the AO Arena in Manchester including Amanda Serrano’s UK debut.
Already one of the icons of women’s boxing, Serrano will be looking to add a fourth featherweight world title to her growing collection when the WBO, WBC and IBO queen takes on IBF champion Sarah Mahfoud in an unmissable co-main event.
British super-featherweight champion Anthony Cacace also returns to action as he looks to snag an IBO title against the always-entertaining Michael Magnesi, while Ekow Essuman puts his Lord Lonsdale belt on the line against Samuel Antwi in a British title fight guaranteed to light up the AO Arena.
With the likes of Nathan Heaney, Mark Heffron and Raven Chapman also in action on Saturday night, it’s sure to be a cracking night on BT Sport Box Office HD.
What time is Joyce vs Parker in the UK?
Live coverage of Joe Joyce vs Joseph Parker begins at around 6pm on Saturday 24 September on BT Sport Box Office HD with the first hour of build-up and fights available for free to BT Sport subscribers before encryption begins at 7pm.
Ring walks for the main event are expected at around 10.30pm – although the unpredictable nature of live boxing means this could also be subject to change.
When is Joyce vs Parker?
Joe Joyce vs Joseph Parker will take place on Saturday 24 September – deliciously placed in the middle of an international football break – pitting two of the best men outside the heavyweight world champions against one another at one of the UK’s most lively boxing arenas.
Where is Joyce vs Parker taking place?
The fight is set to take place at the AO Arena in Manchester, one of the UK’s most iconic boxing venues.
Joe Calzaghe, David Haye, Ricky Hatton and Mike Tyson are among the list of legends to have fought in the 21,000-capacity arena – and now Joe Joyce and Joseph Parker will add their names to the ranks on a thrilling night of heavyweight action.
What is on the line?
Joyce vs Parker will be contested for the WBO interim heavyweight world championship, pitting the number one vs the number two in the WBO rankings against one another.
The winner will be installed as the next mandatory challenger to the full WBO heavyweight title currently held by Oleksandr Usyk.
Who will the winner face next?
As ever, the world of boxing is anything but straight forwards so it is difficult to predict what may happen in the aftermath of Saturday’s result.
However, with the WBO sanctioning the fight as an interim world title contest, the winner will more than likely be next in line for a crack at the WBO champion, whoever that may be when the mandatory is finally called.
The situation is complicated slightly by rumours of Oleksandr Usyk targeting Deontay Wilder for a heavyweight super fight in early 2023 – but watch this space for the winner of Joyce vs Parker to add their names to discussions in the near future.