Joe Joyce vs Christian Hammer date, UK start time, TV channel, live stream and odds
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Joe Joyce fights Romanian gatekeeper Christian Hammer this weekend while he awaits his shot at the world heavyweight titles. Joyce is currently ranked No1 by the WBO and is in line to face the winner of Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua, who fight for a second time on August 20 for the WBA ‘super’, WBO, IBF heavyweight titles.
Saturday’s fight will be Joyce’s first outing in 12 months. In his last contest he beat former world title challenger Carlos Takam as he moved to 13-0 as a professional. The Olympic silver medallist’s opponent, Hammer, has made a name for himself fighting top-level opposition such as Tyson Fury. Coming into the bout Hammer has lost five of his last ten fights and is not ranked by any of the four major sanctioning bodies. But the durable slugger is a master of survival having taken Alexander Povetkin, Luis Ortiz, and Frank Sanchez the distance.
In a recent interview with the Queensbury Promotions YouTube channel, Joyce gave his thoughts on the fight: “I’ve known about Christian Hammer for a while now. He has fought everybody, it is going to be a good fight, he comes forward and it will be exciting. It is one to get me ready for the next fights coming up. I’ve been out of the ring for a whole year now so it will be good to dust off the gloves and shake off the cobwebs.
“It is going to be a big year, this year and next, with some great fights and I just need to be in the right place. I have taken myself out to the right place with this training camp here to bring out the best in me.”
Date and venue
The fight will take place at the OVO Arena in Wembley, London on July 2 with the main card set to begin at 7pm BST. Ring walks for the main event are expected to start at around 11pm. These timings are subject to change depending on the length of the undercard fights.
Fight times and TV channel/live stream
The event will be aired live on BT Sport in the UK, with subscribers also able to stream the action via the broadcaster’s app and website on phones and tablets. A US broadcaster is yet to be announced.
Joyce win 1/50
Hammer win 16/1
*Odds courtesy of Betfair are correct at the time of publication
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