Manchester Arena, Manchester - For the Interim-WBO heavyweight title, Olympic silver medal winner Joe Joyce (15-0, 14 KOs) broke down and stopped former WBO world champion Joseph Parker (30-3, 21 KOs) in the eleventh round.
Fight began with Joyce pressing. Both were jabbing away. They traded some punches with Parker landing better. In the second, Parker was connecting better as Joyce was pressing forward, looking to walk Parker down. Joyce was jabbing well. Both were going to the body. Joyce took over the round with his jab and hard punches. Parker's nose was bleeding and his left eye was reddened.
Joyce was battering Parker to the head and body in the third and had him in serious trouble. Parker was able to weather the storm and fired back with some punches of his own in the final minute. The jab of Joyce was controlling the action in the fourth. Parker finished strong with several hard right hands.
They were trading punches in the fifth to the body for most of the action. It was close with Joyce pressing on. Joyce came out firing in the sixth and never stopped, connecting with heavy punches to the head and body. Parker seemed to be stunned, but still firing back. During the seventh, they both started with hard shots connecting. It was give and take with Joyce landing the harder shots that were doing more damage. Parker was cut bad above the right eye.
Joyce once again came out firing at the start of the eight. He was banging away on Parker, who was bleeding bad from the cut on his eye. Parker seemed to be hurt several times during the round as Joyce was doing plenty of damage. In the ninth, Parker landed a huge uppercut, but Joyce took the shot and came back with several hard punches of his own. Parker looked exhausted as Joyce was pressing and firing.
It was give and take in the tenth. Both were working hard. Both were tired, with Parker seeming to be the more exhausted of the two. Parker landed a series of punches in the closing seconds. During the eleventh, Joyce landed a big left hand that put Parker down hard. Parker struggled to get up and he was counted out.