Joe Joyce KOs Kash Ali in comeback fight

WBC #12 heavyweight “Juggernaut” Joe Joyce (16-2, 15 KOs), rebounding from two straight KO losses to Zhilei Zhang, scored a tenth round knockout against Kash Ali (21-3, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at Resorts World Arena in Birmingham, England. Joyce, the 2016 Olympic silver medalist and former WBO interim world champion, came in at a career-high 286 pounds and stalked Ali from the get-go. Ali connected with some clean shots, but Joyce mainly bludgeoned him with slow, relentless punches. The end came with just seven seconds left in the fight when Joyce dropped Ali for the count.

WBO #5, IBF #11, WBA #12, WBC #15 middleweight Nathan Heaney (18-0-1, 6 KOs) and Brad Pauls (18-1-1, 10 KOs) battled to a hard-fought twelve round draw. Scores were 116-113 Heaney, 115-114 Pauls, 114-114. Heaney retained his British title.

Undefeated WBC #5, IBF #8, WBA #14 super bantamweight Liam Davies (16-0, 8 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO against IBF #12 Erik Robles Ayala (15-2, 9 KOs). An uppercut followed by a left hook dropped Ayala. He beat the count, but Davies immediately floored him again to end it. Time was 1:17.

Super middleweight contender Zach Parker (24-1, 17 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over former WBA world champion Tyron Zeuge (27-2-1, 15 KOs). Zeuge dropped Parker in round two and pressed the action, but judges preferred Parker’s boxing and movement. Scores were 96-94, 97-92, 98-91.

Unbeaten WBO #11 super featherweight Dennis McCann (15-0-1, 8 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Brad Strand (11-1, 3 KOs). McCann dropped Strand in round two en route to a 116-111, 116-112, 118-111.

In an upset, WBO #12 welterweight Eithan James (12-1, 0 KOs) was stopped by Owen Cooper (10-0, 4 KOs). Cooper dropped James in round one with a left hook and got the win when James’ corner pulled their man out after round nine. Cooper claimed the WBO European and English titles.

Unbeaten junior welterweight Pierce O’Leary (14-0, 8 KOs) stopped Hovhannes Martirosyan (16-1, 10 KOs) in round nine to retain his WBC International title.

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    • So why did they never teach him to keep his hands up and his chin down? Ethan James just had his career end in one night.

  • I would pay good money to NOT see Zack Parker fight. Can you DQ a fighter for shutting down all potential exchanges?

  • Parker does not have the makings of a varsity athlete, and MR DISGRACE (Tyron Zeuge) needs to go home and get his shine box.

  • Joyce was always slow, sure, but now he looks so sloppy weighing so heavy.

    • Good point. Joyce still has that bad habit of keeping his head still with little movement. A polished heavyweight would tee off on his head as a target. Once Joyce comes in using his jab and firing off his straight power hand, his head is sitting right up and still. Counter puncher’s paradise waiting to happen.

  • It’s unfortunate that Jarrell Miller is probably headed to prison. He’d be an interesting opponent for Joyce. Two glacier slow giant HWs who both throw arm punches. Miller’s punching technique is a little better but Joyce has a better motor.

    Nah. On second thought I’d rather they both never fight again.

    • Good points. Joyce and Miller would be a good match up. Both men are big, push their offense, and stand in front of their opponents. Tough call on a winner should this fight ever go down. You are right. Miller’s criminal activity and legal consequences will keep his fight career hanging in the balance till court proceedings are over.

    • There is nothing unfortunate about Big Slob Miller going to prison. It’s actually awesome. In fact, both “Big Baby’s” are headed to prison hahaha. Maybe they’ll share the same cell and we can get our first ever PPV boxing cage match!!!! Jarrell Miller doesn’t deserve to ever step foot in a ring again. He’ll be working fast food in no time, right where he belongs.

    • Actually, it wasn’t the main event. Heaney Pauls was the headliner, and it was actually pretty entertaining.

      • Heaney v Pauls was an outstanding fight. A proper fight between proper men. I was watching the last round thinking it was the best two way action I’ve seen in a fight in a long time.

  • Liam Davies was the only fighter on the card who is genuinely first rate!

  • Heaney v Pauls… great fight! I scored it dead even… Rare the judges get it right. Either guy had an argument. Heaney was clearly the better boxer, with Pauls being the better fighter. Great action. I think Pauls got screwed a bit when the ref stopped the action to let Heaney put his mouthpiece back in. Nonetheless, an outstanding fight.

    • Paul got screwed a bit more than a bit on the mouthpiece thing. I recall Heaney lost his mouthpiece 3 times. By the third time I thought the referee should take a point. Had a point been deducted, Pauls would have won by majority decision.

  • Apparently Joyce was behind on points before the ko…..gosh I wish there was a super heavyweight sumo division !!

  • This will not be a popular statement but in my humble opinion….I did see some good things in Joyce…type of fight Joyce needs right now..,but there is something there….Joyce is consistent dedicated with his punches….good focused body attack …something you don’t see with heavyweights even top tier heavyweights….decent power….Joyce problem is in the gym…Joyce condition hurts his effectiveness…often off balance after punches and plodding…if Joyce conditioning is better maybe Joyce can go further.. punches may come off quicker..less likely open for counters…if Joyce is in top shape..Joyce can fight….not problem. He has to be more professional…come in top shape….same issue with Zhang….

    • J ….Joyce will stop Ngannou faster and more brutal than Nagannou last fight….Guys Ngannou is not a boxer… Accept it…built like Tarzan …fight like Jane….

  • Joyce has ALWAYS been extremely overrated. I could never see what the hype was about. He’s probably the slowest fighter I’ve ever seen in my entire life and he’s not very skilled. C class fighter all day. It’s crazy he made it as far as he did. That goes to show you how weak the HW division truly is right now aside from the top 4-5 guys. Joyce will never be a champion. He definitely can’t beat ANY of the top guys. Now he’s just a slob.

    • Berserker
      You are way off, the Heavyweight division is buzzing with fights, Fury, Usyk, AJ, Dubois, Zhang, Parker and even Wilder.
      Maybe because there are hardly any American heavyweights that’s why all you guys keep having your biased opinions.

      • Entertaining fights doesn’t mean the fighters are talented. The talent in boxing today is pretty thin, especially in the HW division.

  • After the fights against Zhang I picture Joyce being deep down in a dark hole with mental scars in his confidence that will never heal.

    Joyce did not convince despite dominating the fight from start to finish.

    Ali has a decent record but against poor opposition. So Joyce inability to accomplish anything constructive against such weak opponent is what sticks in my eyey.

    There was no flow to Joyce’s boxing. It looked slow and clumsy in a way it doesn’t usually do.

  • Joyce looked terrible. He was missing by miles and shipping way too many overhand rights. I am beginning to think his days at worldclass level are over.

  • I don’t agree that Joyce is as bad as some people make him sound. He did knockout a highly regarded Joseph Parker.

    • Hi Jase
      For two weeks up to and including that fight, Joe Parker was suffering from a bout of the “Super Flu” which knackered half the country. Remember the negative unfamiliar way Joe fought with his back to the ropes?

  • Joyce hasn’t had a lot of fights but yet he’s in the back end of his career, I’m always curious how fighters preform after coming off a loss, in his case two bad losses, Joyce never one with fast hands but my god that was horrible and how easy he got hit, if he decides to fight on maybe coming in around 250 to try pick up a little speed

  • Every time Ali threw his overhand right he landed.Joyce seemed oblivious to this but his harder punches counted in the end.

  • If you watched Joe “Juggernaut” Joyce for the first time, you would be hard-pushed to believe he was still ranked in the top-ten of the world’s heavyweights.
    Joe and his anticipated easybeat comeback opponent Kash Ali, both looked tired as they bumbled through an absolute sleeping-pill.

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