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Joe Joyce vs Zhilei Zhang Odds, Picks & How to Watch

Dylan Bowker

by Dylan Bowker in Boxing

Updated Apr 10, 2023 · 5:03 PM PDT

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Joe Joyce fighting at the AIBA World Boxing Championships. Photo by IBA Boxing (Flickr).
  • Joe Joyce vs Zhilei Zhang goes Saturday, April 15th at 2 PM EST
  • Joyce is a gargantuan favorite in this weekend’s clash
  • Check out the Joyce vs Zhang odds, analysis, and predictions, below

Joe Joyce vs Zhilei Zhang goes down at the Copper Box Arena in London, and broadcasts on ESPN+. The former is favored over the latter in the Joyce vs Zhang betting odds, priced at -1100.

Let’s analyze the Joyce vs Zhang odds as we provide our best bet for this bout.

Joe Joyce vs Zhilei Zhang Odds

Fighter Odds
Joe Joyce -1100
Zhilei Zhang +600

Joyce is a favorite in the boxing odds at -1100 meaning the boxer has 91.7% implied win probability.

This contest is for the WBO interim heavyweight world title with Joyce and Zhang occupying the champion and challenger roles, respectively.



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Odds as of  April 10th at DraftKings Sportsbook

Joe Joyce’s Betting Outlook vs Zhang

Joyce is readying for the first defense of this strap and has asserted himself as one of the most promising heavyweights of the present day.

The finishing rate of ‘Juggernaut’ is ninety-three percent, he has shown an incredible level of durability when cracked by powerful punchers, and Joyce is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down.

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The lineal holder of the WBO crown is Oleksandr Usyk and perhaps the winner of this one could be favorably lined up to fight him in a title unification should a Tyson Fury fight permanently fall apart.

Speaking of which, there are also rumblings of a future domestic boxing attraction with fellow British bruiser Tyson Fury who also happens to be the lienal as well as WBC world heavyweight champion. Joyce is not short on options here but he needs a big outcome in the coming days to preserve all of that in the future.

Joyce vs Zhang Recent Fights

Joseph Parker, win via KO Fight 1 Filip Hrgovic, loss via UD
Christian Hammer, win via TKO Fight 2 Scott Alexander, win via KO
Carlos Takam, win via TKO Fight 3 Craig Lewis, win via TKO
Daniel Dubois, win via KO Fight 4 Jerry Forrest, majority draw

This is the first time Joyce has faced a southpaw since capturing his commonwealth title years back.

The looming collision will be the first fight of the calendar year for both men and the winner sets themselves up marvelously for the remainder of 2023.

Zhilei Zhang’s Betting Outlook vs Joyce

Zhang last fell short in an IBF title eliminator and has another chance to assert himself into a prime position to contend for a lineal world title.

This last performance also had a bit of a polarizing verdict as many in the sweet science community felt Zhang had done enough to emerge with the victory. ‘Big Bang’ aims to bounce back to the win column and show people why Zhang got that nickname to begin with.

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Both pugilists had notable Olympic pedigrees as amateurs (both capturing silver medals in their respective games). They have done obviously quite well for themselves as professional pugilists.

Also as mentioned previously, this bout could easily be one that features two undefeated heavyweights if the judging played out a tad differently in Zhang’s prior outing.

Joyce vs Zhang Tale of the Tape

15-0 Record 24-1-1
14 Knockouts 19
6’6 Height 6’6
80″ Reach N/A
Orthodox Stance Southpaw

Joe Joyce vs Zhilei Zhang Prediction

This prizefight is slated for twelve rounds but I do not see this clash of hulking heavyweights encroaching to that final bell.

As much as the odds are perhaps a tad more lopsided than they should be, I do see Joyce as being a sizable favorite all the same.

I foresee there being good value in seeking out prop bets on this bout not going the distance, Joyce winning via KO or TKO, and Joyce winning between rounds 10-12.

Pick: Joe Joyce (-1100)


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