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China’s Jilei Zhang defended the World Boxing Organization (WBO) interim heavyweight title after knocking out Joe Joyce in the third round. The match between the two at Wembley Arena in London was awaited with great interest and was a rematch.
In April, Zhang beat the Briton again in London when a doctor ruled out the fight going into the sixth round.
The Chinese inflicted Joyce’s second loss in a row, and these were his only defeats in 17 meetings. Can now has a balance of 26 wins, one draw and one defeat.
The Chinese, who is 40 years old, dropped the opponent with a right hook in the third round.
“As I promised, this match was shorter than the first one. I hope everyone was satisfied with my performance,” Gian said before asking the crowd if they wanted to see him “shut Fury up.”
In May, Tyson Fury, who holds the World Boxing Council (WBC) belt, was rumored to be in talks with Zhang. This is not the first time that the Chinese has talked about a match with the leading names in the heavyweight division.
After his first success over Joyce, Dzhan challenged Alexander Usyk.