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Joe Joyce v Christian Hammer - Boxing: All You Need to Know

28 June 2022 09:31:26 EST
Joe Joyce returns to the ring against Christian Hammer on Saturday

Heavyweight Joe Joyce returns to the ring to take on Christian Hammer, having not been seen since he beat Carlos Takam just under a year ago, with the Juggernaut having taken time to recover from a wrist injury.

The Putney puncher was due to be facing Joseph Parker at Wembley this weekend, but the New Zealander pulled out of the fight and Hammer was drafted in.

What

Joe Joyce v Christian Hammer

Where

Wembley Arena, London

When

From 19:00pm, Saturday July 2nd 2022

How to watch

BT Sport

OddsJoe Joyce 1.02, Christian Hammer 15.00

When is Joe Joyce v Christian Hammer?

The fight will take place on Saturday July 2nd 2022

What time is Joe Joyce v Christian Hammer?

The fight card gets under way at 7pm, with the main event expected to take place at around 11pm.

Where is Joe Joyce v Christian Hammer?

The contest will take place at London's Wembley Arena. The venue has held many sporting events in its 87-year history.

The 1948 Olympic boxing events were held at the arena and it has become a go to venue for fight nights.

Can I watch Joe Joyce v Christian Hammer on TV?

Yes. The card will be shown live on BT Sport in the UK. Joe Joyce is contracted to Frank Warren's Queensbury Promotions and they have a deal with BT Sport.

Who is the favourite for Joe Joyce v Christian Hammer?

Joyce is the heavy 1.02 favourite and the Putney puncher isn't expected to have too many problems in getting past his exposed opponent.

The Juggernaut is 1.20 to win by stoppage and 4.33 for a decision victory, while Hammer is 15.00 to secure a shock triumph and is 19.00 to knock Joyce out.

Are there any belts on the line for Joe Joyce v Christian Hammer?

Joyce's WBC silver and WBO international titles are on the line and, while those belts carry little prestige, they are important in terms of rankings.

The Juggernaut is the WBO's number one-ranked heavyweight and he could be in line for a world title shot should he come through this fight.

However, the Putney Puncher is going to have to wait for the Oleksandr Usyk v Anthony Joshua rematch before that is even close to happening.

What is Joe Joyce's record?

Joyce turned professional late on in his career and the 36-year-old has managed just 13 professional contests to date. However, the Putney puncher was a gifted amateur and won a silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Joyce won the Commonwealth heavyweight title when stopping Lenroy Thomas in just his fourth professional contest and all but one of the Juggernaut's 13 victories have come via stoppage.

Bermane Stiverne was knocked out by the Putney puncher, before a decision triumph over Bryant Jennings followed a few months later and that is the only time Joyce has gone the distance and he is a relentless front-foot fighting machine.

Joyce's biggest test in the pro ranks came when stepping in with the then unbeaten Daniel Dubois in 2020.

Triple D was the favourite for the British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight title contest, but Joyce hammered the Greenwich man and secured the victory with a tenth-round stoppage.

What is Christian Hammer's record?

Hammer has lost nine of his 35 fights, but many of those defeats have come against top-level opponents.

The Romanian-born boxer has lost to Tyson Fury, Luis Ortiz and Alexander Povetkin, to name a few, and he has generally proved a stubborn fighter.

The Hammer was forced to retire with an injury against Hughie Fury last year, but the 34-year-old then took Frank Sanchez the distance and got the better of Drazen Zanjanin earlier this year.

Hammer has also been in with the likes of Tony Yoka and Mariusz Wach, while the 34-year-old's best victories have come against Kevin Johnson and David Price.

Who is on the undercard for Joe Joyce v Christian Hammer?

Jason Cunningham and Zolani Tete clash for the Commonwealth super-bantamweight title.

Callum Johnson is also in light-heavyweight action against Igor Mikhalkin and unbeaten middleweight Nathan Heaney gets a run out.

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