George Groves Exclusive: Joe Joyce can get revenge over Zhilei Zhang if he avoids ‘painfully slow’ approach

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Exclusive with George Groves: Joe Joyce can get revenge over Zhilei Zhang if he avoids ‘painfully slow’ approach – he’s the better fighter.

Speaking exclusively to, Groves backs countryman Joyce to beat China’s Zhang in their rematch this Saturday night. 

“I think Joyce can get revenge over Zhang, he was just painfully slow last time. He’s never been the quickest fighter, I’m not sure what training he was doing for the first fight, but he was frighteningly slow and ridiculously easy to hit. Zhang is not bad, he’s been around a long time and Hrgovic squeezed past him.

“He’s a good fighter Zhang, but I think Joyce is a better fighter, he has a tenacious work rate and he’s a big strong dude – he’s the juggernaut. But he can’t be so slow this time – he’s always going to eat punches – but if you’re going to be that slow you’re going to eat all of the punches and you don’t need to be that dude. I’m not sure whether he thought he was invincible or that he couldn’t be knocked out. But I think a sharper Joyce beats Zhang.

“But it’s a fascinating one. Rematches are fascinating because you’ve had the drama of the first fight and now you’ve got to go back to the well and do the camp again for the same dude and you’re wondering “are they going to be the same again or different or better?”. It’s an interesting one, but I’m picking Joyce to get revenge over Zhang in this one. He’s a better fighter and I think he will be better this time around”. 

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