- Joe Joyce vs Michael Wallisch goes Saturday, July 25th at 2:00 PM EST
- Does Joyce add one more to the highlight reel or does Wallisch shock the BT Sport audience?
- Check out the odds for this fight, my sweet science analysis, and my prediction below
Joe Joyce and Michael Wallisch are set for a heavyweight clash this weekend. Joyce vs Wallisch is the top of the marquee attraction and is a main event that promises fireworks, on-paper. The night of fights emanates from BT Sport Studio in Stratford, London. Joyce has captured the WBA continental and commonwealth championships in his pro career.
Wallisch has collected the WBO European and GBU world championships in his own efforts. Two accomplished European boxers but only one can emerge victorious and further breakthrough on that international level.
Joyce vs Wallisch Odds
Odds as of July 21
Joe Joyce and the Path to Daniel Dubois
This bout is expressly outlined as an interim fight for Joyce. Joe Joyce is set to take on Daniel Dubois and is set to meet up in late October and both are taking stay busy fights until then (Dubois competes in late-August). Joyce vs Dubois was set for earlier in the year but rampant COVID-19 related event cancellations derailed that bout. The fight with Dubois and Joyce represents two unbeaten UK sluggers getting at it. Though a high stakes fight looms in the distance, Joyce cannot overlook his opponent this Saturday. Otherwise that big name, consequential October fight goes up in smoke.
Michael Wallisch Aims to Spoil Joyce vs Dubois
All of this Joyce vs Dubois talk in the fall is seemingly not getting into the head of Wallisch though. In fact, Michael Wallisch did a recent interview where he claimed: “two wins and I’ll be fighting (Tyson) Fury”. The German heavyweight plans to step into the ring and spoil everyone’s plans. Wallisch looks to defeat Joyce, assume his spot for the Dubois fight in October, and then target a Fury fight presumably for the early part of 2021. He described the global pandemic altering some of his training and evidently, coronavirus has altered a number of things even with fight week proceedings.
— Richard Pelham (@DickiePelham) July 21, 2020
Michael Wallisch is certainly not lacking in confidence heading into this one. That being said, he doesn’t have a great deal of momentum heading into this weekend. Wallisch has suffered all three of his pro losses across his last four outings. His last bout being a TKO loss to Tony Yoka in September 2019.
Joyce’s 90 percent KO rate is a notable stat heading into this prizefight. The lone fight that went to the judges’ scorecards was Joe Joyce’s last fight. A fight that saw him secure a unanimous decision victory over Bryant Jennings in July of last year. Joyce is also an Olympic silver medalist so he has a high level of technique and ring generalship. He’s not a guy that has to rely on his KO power and has a brilliant fight IQ/comprehensive sense of sustaining his effort over a full fight if needed.
Joyce vs Wallisch Tale of the Tape
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|Significant Wins||Ivica Bacurin and Fabio Tuiach|
All three of Wallisch’s aforementioned losses have happened via stoppage. That does not exactly bode well for him fighting a brick fisted boxer like Joe Joyce. I can see Joyce resuming his knockout ways and scoring his tenth career stoppage win this weekend. I think Joe Joyce secures the W inside of five rounds.
Pick: Joe Joyce (-10000)