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Zhilei Zhang-Joe Joyce rematch scheduled for September 23 in Wembley

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Zhilei Zhang punches Joe Joyce during the WBO Interim World Heavyweight Title fight between Joe Joyce and Zhilei Zhang at Copper Box Arena on April 15, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)
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Heavyweights Zhilei Zhang and Joe Joyce are all set for a highly anticipated rematch at the OVO Arena, Wembley on Saturday 23 September, live on TNT Sports.

Zhang and Joyce first collided in mid-April at the Copper Box Arena, where it was Zhang who left the venue with the win.

Referee Howard Foster stopped the fight in the sixth round due to the heavy swelling around the right eye of Joyce.

China’s Zhang lived up to his stage name in Stratford, ending the unbeaten professional record of the fellow Olympic silver medallist.

Zhilei Zhang distorting Joe Joyce’s face. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

New York-based Zhang, 25-1-1 (20 KOs), turned in a career-best performance in London to elevate himself into challenging the elite of heavyweights, but first he must once again repel the powerful advances of Joyce, 15-1 (14 KOs), who will be determined to place himself back in a higher position in the ratings.

Zhang is currently rated at No. 4 by The Ring, while Joyce slipped to No. 7 after that loss.

“I created history last time,” said Zhang. “And I believe the best way to inherit history is to create new ones. I look at the rematch as if it was a new fight; I look at Joe Joyce as if I never fought him before. I started from zero and this is the new self.”

“I’m coming back to take back what’s mine,” declared Joyce. “September 2nd I am leaving everything in that ring. No compromises. No underestimating my opponent. Nothing, but a win.

“Last time out I lost my undefeated professional record. It was hard to take. But after the dust settled, all that will do is make me better. I’ve learned lessons. I’m ready. And I am coming for everything.”

“This is a fight with high stakes written all over it,” stated promoter Frank Warren. “The first fight in April was the best heavyweight fight made this year and I am expecting more of the same at the OVO Arena on September 23.

“Joe will acknowledge that Zhilei did a number on him at the Copper Box and he has a lot to work on to put it right.

“This is why the stakes are so incredibly high for both fighters and I hope and expect that Wembley will be packed to the rafters for such a significant heavyweight match.”

Tickets to see the heavyweight clash between Zhilei Zhang and Joe Joyce at the OVO Arena, Wembley on Saturday 23 September, go on general sale at midday on Friday 30 June from

A press release by Queensberry Promotions was used in this article.