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Joyce and Parker weigh-in ahead of their heavyweight fight in Manchester

Two of the top 10 heavyweights in the world will collide at the AO Arena in Manchester tonight (24 September), as Joe Joyce welcomes Joseph Parker back to Britain for a highly-anticipated main-event fight.

Since winning silver for Team GB at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Joyce has compiled an unbeaten professional record of 14-0, knocking out 13 of his opponents along the way. Joyce has therefore been wasting no time in trying to become a world champion, which has been ideal for the 37-year-old, whose reputation as an up-and-comer belies his age. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Parker is 30-2 as a pro, with his only defeats having come against Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte in back-to-back bouts in 2018, both on British soil as the home fighters outpointed the 30-year-old.

Parker’s last two outings also took place in Britain, as the Kiwi beat Derek Chisora via split decision then by unanimous decision in May and December 2021. Joyce, meanwhile, has fought more recently, stopping Christian Hammer in the fourth round this July. The WBO interim heavyweight title is on the line in this evening’s main event, with Parker and Joyce both taking a considerable risk by facing one another.

Plus, in a huge co-main event, unified featherweight champion Amanda Serrano puts her titles on the line against Sarah Mahfoud. Follow live updates and results from Joyce vs Parker and its undercard, below.

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Magnesi vs Cacace – Round 5

Magnesi is certainly landing with considerable volume as the fight approaches its midway point.

The super-featherweights trade right hands. You have to wonder whether the constant movement under pressure is going to wear down Cacace.

He lands a hard right cross to the body of Magnesi but also looks to have been cut by his left eye.

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Magnesi vs Cacace – Round 4

You guessed it, Magnesi is on the front foot from the opening bell of this round. Cacace is backed up to the ropes but reverses the position and unloads a combination to the body of the Italian.

Magnesi gets in close and mixes it up, burrowing hooks into the mid-section of Cacace but also targeting the head of the Irishman.

Good range management from Cacace as he jabs to the body then evades a shot up top. Magnesi then steps in with a stern body shot, however. More heavy blows from the Italian during a clinch, while Cacace tries to weigh down on Magnesi.

A right hand and left uppercut land for Cacace.

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Magnesi vs Cacace – Round 3

Magnesi at once comes forward and unleashes a barrage to the head of Cacace, who keeps his defence tight before firing back with his own flurry of shots up top.

A lovely uppercut lands for Cacace as Magnesi storms forward. Now Cacace propels a hook into the body of the Italian – brutal work.

Magnesi continues to hunt down the Irishman. Cacace maintains his activity, though: jab, jab, right cross, left hook at a good speed.

A right cross and a left get through for Cacace, too, in the final moments of the round.

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Magnesi vs Cacace – Round 2

This is a really fun round, with both men opening up here!

Cacace with a strong spell late in the frame, connecting with hooks in close, while Magnesi counters with uppercuts!

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Magnesi vs Cacace – Round 1

Magnesi presses forward early on and tries for an overhand right before long. Good defence from him, too, as Ireland’s Cacace tries to keep the Italian at bay with jabs. Now Cacace launches his own overhand right, which is blocked, though Magnesi will still have felt it.

Magnesi connects with a right hook in close after Cacace misses with an uppercut.

A jab pierces through Magnesi’s guard and snaps back his head, then Cacace adds another sharp shot – an uppercut as the round ends!

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Next up, Michael Magnesi puts the IBO super-featherweight title on the line against Anthony Cacace.

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Ekow Essuman def. Samuel Antwi via unanimous decision (115-114, 117-112, 116-113).

So, differing scorecards but all in Essuman’s favour. He remains the owner of the British and Commonwealth welterweight titles.

Antwi’s expression shows that he felt he’d done enough to come out on top, but Essuman is a worthy winner as far as Indy Sport is concerned.

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That was a solid fight with some close rounds and fine boxing on both sides. Essuman will likely take this by several rounds, though.

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Final round! Antwi comes forward, but Essuman avoids most of his opponent’s shots and lands some grazing punches of his own.

Essuman even lands three consecutive left hooks at close range as the fight draws to a close.


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