Joyce is an Olympic silver medalist and unbeaten as a professional, and his knockout of Joseph Parker in September saw him claim the WBO interim heavyweight title.
As such, Joyce is a potential future challenger of unified champion Oleksandr Usyk, but such a bout would surely be off the cards if the 37-year-old were to lose to Zhang this weekend.
Zhang, 39, lost a decision to Filip Hrgovic in August in a brutal contest, but the Chinese heavyweight is still a dangerous foe – and that defeat by Hrgovic was the first of his pro career.
Here’s all you need to know.
When is it?
Joyce vs Zhang is scheduled to take place on Saturday 15 April, at the Copper Box in London.
How can I watch it?
The event will air live on BT Sport in the UK, and it will stream live on ESPN+ in the US.
Joyce – 1/10
Zhang — 5/1
Draw – 22/1
Full odds via Betway.
Full card (subject to change)
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