Joyce rules out retirement after losing rematch against Zhang


Briton Joe Joyce says losing his heavyweight rematch against Zhilei Zhang is “not the end of the world” and has ruled out retirement.

The 38-year-old walked on to a powerful right hook in the third round on Saturday to suffer a second consecutive stoppage loss to China’s Zhang.

Zhang, 40, retained the WBO ‘interim’ belt and a potential world-title shot.

“I’m going to [take] a bit of time… reflect and review where I went wrong,” Joyce told BBC Sport post-fight.

Asked if he may consider hanging up the gloves, Joyce – battered and bruised backstage at Wembley’s OVO Arena but still willing to speak – replied without hesitation: “No chance.

“I’m feeling good, I’m feeling OK. It’s not the end of the world. I can rebuild and come back.”

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