Eyeing a Comeback
Joe Joyce, the undefeated Putney Juggernaut, is still haunted by the end of his winning streak. After six years and 15 fights, he suffered a devastating eye injury against Zhilei Zhang in April, putting an end to his undefeated run. While it took him a couple of weeks to get over the defeat, Joyce is determined to make a comeback and has his sights set on a rematch with Zhang.
Dark Moments and Fresh Canvas
Joe Joyce admits that the dark moments following his loss are never far away. He describes how the feeling of losing a fight is very different from winning one and how it can be quite annoying to be reminded of the defeat. But Joyce is determined to turn the page and start fresh with a rematch. He has taken time to review the footage, seek advice, and make improvements to ensure a different outcome in the next fight.
Not Defeated Spiritually
Despite suffering a swollen purple eye and a broken septum, Joe Joyce's spirit remains unbroken. Even after enduring stiff jabs, long backhands, and right hooks from Zhang, Joyce was still able to make jokes in his post-fight interview. While the defeat shattered the perception that he was unbeatable, Joyce is eager to prove himself once again in the upcoming rematch.
Recovering and Making Amends
Although Joe Joyce suffered a cracked cheekbone in the fight, he insists that he wasn't massively hurt. He took the time to cool down and assess his injuries, realizing that he was in good shape aside from the eye swelling and minor septum fracture. While he wanted to continue the fight, the doctor ultimately stopped it. Joyce believes it's better to regroup and fight another day, rather than risking further damage to his eye.
Blaming the Supplement
Joe Joyce reveals that he accidentally lost weight for the bout, attributing his sluggish performance to a new ingredient in a sports supplement. He claims that he was too light compared to Zhang, who was heavier and stronger. Joyce has made adjustments to his diet and promises to return to his hulking best for the rematch. He has learned from his mistakes and won't let his weight become an issue again.
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