Boxing fans can’t believe ‘shameful’ scorecards from shocking loss of Joe Joyce to Zhilei Zhang and call for ‘investigation’
BOX fans were open after Joe Joyce closed his eyes – as a judge had battered, battered Brit LEADING Zhilei Zhang.
Viewers want the “shameful” and insane “scorecard” to be “examined” after the outmatched Joyce was finally pulled out in round six, with his right eye horribly swollen and vision restricted.
Zhang’s lopsided win means the Chinese heavyweight now has the WBO interim belt, making him her mandatory challenger for Oleksandr Usyk’s WBA, IBF and WBO world titles.
One fan wrote: “Joyce at 1 on a judge’s scorecard. Never in a million years.”
Another wrote, “Whatever judge has Joyce on the scorecard should probably be investigated.”
And a third summed up the consensus on social media with this message: “A judge got Joyce in the cards! Crazy. Thankfully, Zhang pushed for the break. Totally deserved.”
A fourth found the verdict too amusing to take seriously, saying: “Loooool. I love boxing.”
Even Joyce admitted, “I’m disappointed in my performance. I couldn’t dodge his shots.”
Both of his eyes were bloody and bruised after enduring an amazing punch in round two in particular.
Four rounds later, the referee stopped the fight on the advice of a doctor.
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Fans praised Zhang, 39, as much as they berated the performance of Joyce and at least one of the judges.
One boxing enthusiast said of Putney, 37, “Shouldn’t come as a big surprise. At a high level you can’t use your face as a defense.”
And amid all the disbelief over the controversial scorecard, another observer wrote, “Zhang was great. Rocked Joyce so many times – she just gets caught like that.”
A similar opinion was, “Don’t let the interruption take anything away from Zhang. He was phenomenal and Joyce was awful.”