Joe Joyce vs. Michael Wallisch
Headlines July 25 On ESPN+
Heavyweight contender Joe Joyce, who is on track for a super
fight against fellow undefeated British heavyweight Daniel
“Dynamite” Dubois, will take on the battle-hardened Michael
Wallisch in the 10-round main event Saturday from BT Sport
Studio in London.
This closed-door card, promoted by Queensberry Promotions,
marks Joyce’s first ring appearance since last July's
unanimous decision over former world title challenger Bryant
Joyce-Wallisch will headline an afternoon of boxing
streaming on ESPN+ beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.
Joyce (10-0, 9 KOs) burst onto the pro boxing scene after
capturing a super heavyweight silver medal for the United
Kingdom at the 2016 Rio Olympics. In less than three years
as a professional, he has knockout victories over former
world champion Bermane Stiverne and former world title
challenger Alexander Ustinov. He won the Commonwealth title
in his fourth pro fight with a second-round stoppage over
Although the Dubois fight is in the cards, he must defeat
Wallisch (20-3, 13 KOs), a German veteran who once held the
WBO European heavyweight belt. He last fought in September
2019 and was knocked out in three rounds by Tony Yoka, the
man who edged Joyce in the 2016 Olympic gold medal match.
In other action on the ESPN+ stream:
In a 10-round junior featherweight battle for the vacant
British Southern Area title, Chris Bourke (7-0, 5 KOs) will
face Ramez Mahmood (11-0, 2 KOs).
Welterweight prospect Ekow “The Engine” Essuman (13-0, 5
KOs), who knocked out the previously undefeated Curtis Felix
Jr. in his last fight, will take on an opponent to be named
in a 10-rounder.
Middleweight knockout artist Denzel Bentley (12-0, 10 KOs)
will look to extend his knockout streak to three against
Mick “The Hammer” Hall (15-2, 2 KOs) in a 10-rounder.
The ESPN+ stream will kick off with a six-round
featherweight tilt between Louie Lynn (6-0, 5 KOs) and Monty
Ogilvie (9-1, 1 KO).