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Big Bang! Zhilei Zhang annihilates Joe Joyce in three rounds

Erika Montoya
Big Bang! Zhilei Zhang annihilates Joe Joyce in three roundsGettyImages
The Brit could do nothing to rescue his career.

Interim heavyweight champion Zhilei Zhang returned to the enemy's house to make his devastating intentions clear.

On Saturday night at Wembley, he knocked out local Joe Joyce in just three rounds to retain the interim World Boxing Organisation heavyweight crown.

Tonight Joyce was a washout at the OVO Arena as he fearfully entered the ring, and did not show the hunger to regain the crown that the Chinese had taken from him five months ago with a sixth-round knockout.

Behind a timid jab, Joyce held from the start of the contest and when Zhang began to drop heavy hands, he froze.

Zhang took advantage of the big opportunity in front of him and put pressure on a fighter terrified to show there was still fire in him.

Six minutes into the fight, the champion decided enough was enough and, despite being a southpaw, landed a powerful right hand that sent Joyce face-first into the canvas.

Joyce tried to get up but the count didn't let him recover sufficiently and the referee decided to stop the fight. 

With this victory, Zhilei Zhang improved to 26-1-1 with 21 KO's and ended with a question for the audience:

"I came to entertain the people tonight and it was accomplished. Now do you want to see me shut Tyson Fury up".

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