- Joe Joyce vs Bryant Jennings goes down Saturday, July 13th at 4pm ET
- Can Joyce continue his undefeated streak?
- Can Jennings put the first blemish on Joyce’s pro record?
Joyce vs Jennings emanates from London’s O2 Arena this Saturday, July 13th. It’s a high stakes heavyweight bout that could produce another player in the weight class.
In the last few years, things have been shaping up to be a banner era for the heavyweight division, and both of these men can jettison themselves higher up into that rarefied air potentially. Joyce is developing a lot of buzz and Jennings is the tenured gatekeeper looking to test where he’s at. It’s a compelling tilt. My bout breakdown and prediction can be found below.
Joe Joyce vs Bryant Jennings Odds
*Odds taken 07/10/19
Joyce signing with Frank Warren earlier in the year is an encouraging sign. This could give him the proper leverage to secure the sort of prize fights that the unbeaten UK product is looking for. Jennings is the road block in the way of that and is a pugilist that contended for Wladimir Klitschko’s titles back in 2015.
Jennings has been there, collected significant wins, and faced the cream of the crop among heavyweights. Joyce seems ready for the task though. Not only does he have an Olympic pedigree but he continues to push himself as a pro.
Joyce (9-0) has held the Commonwealth Heavyweight title and also won WBA gold earlier in the year.
Joyce has trained with Abel Sanchez at the well regarded Big Bear in California. He’s known for creating pugilists with unwavering, borderline surreal cardio. Joyce has held the Commonwealth Heavyweight title and also won WBA gold earlier in the year. Joe Joyce is 9-0 with a 100% knockout rate.
Joyce has a few past victories at the O2 so presumably that is lending him some confidence as he returns to that venue this Saturday. Joyce has proven himself to be supremely dominant so far via his flawless record. His opponent this Saturday is certainly no pushover though.
— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) June 28, 2019
Joyce vs Jennings also features Anthony Joshua looming in the wings. Both Joshua and Joyce know one another well from their time on the Great Britain amateur boxing team, where Joshua was chosen for the 2012 Olympics. The ideal outcome for Joyce and company is to have a fight with Joshua in 2020 and a statement win here could move him closer towards that goal.
Joyce vs Jennings Tale of the Tape
|Bermane Stiverne, Alexander Ustinov, Joe Hanks||Significant Wins||Mike Perez, Artur Szpilka, Siarhei Liakhovich|
Joe Joyce has always risen to the occasion and has done so since his pro debut where he faced someone fresh off challenging for a British title. I think the momentum of Joyce will give him advantages and conversely Jennings may be lacking confidence.
With Jennings coming off that TKO loss to Oscar Rivas earlier in the year, he might not be in the optimal head space for taking out Joyce at this juncture. I see Joyce finishing Jennings inside of six rounds.
Pick: Joe Joyce (-525)