By: Sean Cross
Rising heavyweight Joe Joyce improved his record to 15-0 with a hard-fought 11th round knockout of former champion Joseph Parker in Manchester, England on Saturday. Despite being 37 years old, Joyce is seen as an up-and-comer in the heavyweight division. And although Parker certainly has his moments, Joyce ultimately proves that he is a force to be reckoned with. He is also currently the interim WBO heavyweight title holder.
This was a hard hitting battle. Not a quick move, but a hard hit. Parker’s strategy seems to be to draw Joyce into close range and then launch powerful combinations – often to the body. It was an effective plan at times, but it wasn’t effective enough to keep Joyce from landing serious shots on his own. As far as Joyce was concerned, the aim was to seek and destroy. And while it took a while to get to the breaking point, the rare left hook that sent Parker down and into the eleventh was highlight reel material.