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Anthony Joshua vs. Joseph Parker, billed as Road to Undisputed, is an upcoming professional boxing heavyweight unification match contested between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker. The event is scheduled to take place on 31 March 2018 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, with Joshua’s IBF, WBA (Super) and IBO heavyweight titles and Parker’s WBO heavyweight title on the line.
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Anthony Joshua revealed on Tuesday that he has been consulting former world champion Wladimir Klitschko in a boxing brains trust designed to unsettle his rival Joseph Parker ahead of their heavyweight unification fight in Cardiff.
Eleven months ago, the 28-year-old World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation champion went toe to toe with the Ukrainian in an acid test of his credentials in London. Now they have joined forces as part of Joshua’s constant search for self-improvement that should spell bad news for his opponent.
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Date: March 31, 2018
Pre-fight record: 20–0 (20 KOs)
Height: 6 ft 6 in
“I’m finding ways to improve and new ways to get better,” said Joshua on Tuesday. “I chat to [Klitschko’s] trainer Johnathon Banks a lot, a friendship which developed from when I trained with Klitschko as a sparring partner. I use the conversations as a way to speak to Klitschko.”
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Joshua marvelled that the Ukrainian maintained an unbeaten world title run for nine and a half years. “How did he forever want to improve? I ask these questions. He told me they worked a lot on his jab and his movement before the fight with me. It’s humbling to know that he got beat a few times and managed to come back.”
Admitting that his life in boxing is “an addiction”, Joshua said that “there is no room for mistakes any more” and that he wants to be “the best me”, not content with his 20 fights, and 20 knockouts. “Even in these good times when I’m winning we’re not satisfied. It’s not so much an obsession – it’s just life. I didn’t choose a career path after college or go to uni – I chose boxing. It’s just my career. It’s a challenge to myself isn’t it? How far can I go? But it is an addiction, a challenging addiction, and fun.”
Joshua was content on Tuesday to visualise the fight with Parker when the first bell tolls at the Principality Stadium in front of 78,000 fans. “I’m not saying I’m going to be marching forward,” explained the 6ft 6in, 18st fighter. “Position the hands and footwork. Establish a range early on, and the difference is I know how to counter-punch. I haven’t seen Parker counter-punching anyone.
“I’ll punish him when he’s throwing at me and I’ll punish him when he’s thinking of throwing at me. I’ll break him down. It’ll be a tough night, but it will be between five to eight rounds.”
The prediction was interesting. Joshua has picked the end of his last four world title fights with almost unerring accuracy. He even bet £25 on rival Dillian Whyte winning last weekend. “I won a cheeky £650 – I was buzzing. And do you know what’s interesting – for my last four fights, I’ve been exactly on, or a round out.” His pick for Saturday? “Now it’s on my mind I have to match my good record but I’m no Muhammad Ali when it comes to predicting fights.
“Before Carlos Takam I said 10 rounds, I said I’d beat him in 10 rounds and I did. I always say, mentally, I’m ready to go 12 rounds. But, if everything goes to plan I think Parker will fade.”
Parker, for his part, is undefeated and feels invincible. “I feel it is my time. I am young, I am fast, I am strong, I am determined to win. I’m not here to put on a show or for a pay day, I am here to take the belts back and be part of history. I am not doing it for myself, I am doing it for my family, my country. He’s at his best, I’m at my best. I’m going to beat him.”
The New Zealander’s prediction? “I haven’t decided how I want to beat him yet – if it’s a knockout or points or decision. We’ll see how I feel on fight night.”
Trainer Rob McCracken, who oversees Joshua’s every camp, had arguably the wisest words yesterday. He said: “The beautiful thing about boxing matches until the bell goes, nobody knows how it will unfold or what will happen. Josh will put in a performance, he’ll deliver.
“There’ll be a huge crowd there. They’ll show up to watch AJ fight because you know he delivers every time. He’s improving and learning all of the time. He’s already unified champion and Olympic gold medallist. Klitschko was his toughest test to date. This is his next biggest test. Parker is a good fighter, solid credentials but it’s a fight Anthony’s prepared and ready for.”
Joshua added: “I feel like every fight is a blessing. Whether it’s Parker sitting here or X sitting here, every fight will have reason in the long run. It’s Parker, that’s the reality. He’s a champion, he’s done well for himself, and he will add something to my life journey. I’m looking forward to Saturday and it’ll be over Sunday, so then I’ll look back and learn from it and move forward.”