Joseph Parker's promoter David Higgins thinks that Anthony Joshua is making a mistake in focusing his attention on his unification fight against Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder rather than his more immediate challenge against Parker. "Explosive. Frightening. No chance of retreat".
The victor of the fight in Cardiff's Principality Stadium will not only hold four titles but also keep their unbeaten record intact as a meeting with World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Wilder will ideally be next in line.
While Wilder has won 98 percent of his bouts by knockout, Parker has won each of his three WBO heavyweight title fights by decision. "It's one thing to quietly analyze future possibilities, but if they are going any further and are in the early stage of negotiations, it's far too early for any of that".
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Joshua drew comparisons between himself and 26-year-old Parker given their similar backgrounds - respecting his rival's rise to the top.
"He got off the canvas to knock out former long-reigning heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2017, and nearly had his nose split in half when Carlos Takam head-butted him in his most recent outing last October". "This camp is the best he's had"; said Higgins. He's quick, he's sparring lots of rounds, and everyone is happy. The most unflappable guy you will meet. He knows he is the only one in the ropes and he is focused only on Anthony Joshua.
But much of the build-up has focused on the prospect of Joshua colliding with WBC champion Deontay Wilder in a blockbuster battle to unify the division later this year.
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As for Wilder, he will be keeping a close eye on the contest, having recently passed his biggest test on March 3 after defeating Luis Ortiz via 10th round TKO in Brooklyn, New York.
Nevertheless, Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) respects Parker's power and willingness to challenge him in front of what will be a completely pro-Joshua crowd in excess of 78,000 at Principality Stadium.
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