Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker: Heavyweights trim down for unification bout
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 01, 2018,
Apr 01, 2018, 0:28
The Briton has stopped all 20 opponents since turning professional, including former long-reigning world champion Wladimir Klitschko nearly a year ago. The two will square-off with the WBA and WBO heavyweight inter-continental and global belts at stake.
"I saw confidence in him".
However, given the class of opponent that Joshua has defeated compared to Parker as well as the way that Joshua utterly proved his guile against Klitschko, few are anxious about Joshua's ability to come out of this fight on top.
He also believes American boxing legends do not support them but revealed that Evander Holyfield for predicted that he will one day be heavyweight champion.
"I have to do the job for myself". It's about performance, not just about going in there, looking for him and going "Bosh" and hoping he flies out of the ring. I think it's going to be a good fight. No injury, no niggles, I back myself to be the best in the world, there's no need to be flinching.
"Boxing's not just about brute strength, it's about finesse and technique and you're going to see some world class skills on Saturday night", Joshua said.
"People aren't interested in boxing IQ anymore".
Earlier, a chorus of boos greeted Parker's promoter David Higgins, who baited the partisan crowd by again reminding them that, unlike Joshua, the New Zealander has never been dropped in the ring nor in training.
"The biggest thing for me is the challenge of fighting someone like Joshua, and the challenge of if it goes into a dark place, how long will I stay there for?"
Joshua and Parker agreed to put their IBF, WBA Super, IBO and WBO belts and unbeaten records on the line, putting the triumphant victor within touching distance of becoming the first undisputed heavyweight champion of the world since Lennox Lewis in 1999.
Without further ado, here's everything you need to know about Joshua vs Parker.
"You will see I will be a lot sharper", said Joshua.
Every boxer goes into a fight with the intention of winning by knock-out, but for Wilder to say he wants a death on his record is something else. Rounds eight until 12, stoppage for Joshua.
Joshua's punching power - all 20 of his wins have been knockout victories - has revived interest in the heavyweight division and helped make him a box-office draw.