Those belts are mine, Parker tells Joshua as big fight looms

Arnold Nichols
March 28, 2018

Joshua, the WBA and IBF champion on home ground, put his view this way: "Let's say I've got 20 quid (pounds) in my pocket and I'm looking at Joseph Parker".

In the United Kingdom alone, more than 1,500,000 people purchased Joshua's bout with Wladimir Klitschko a year ago and his second unification bout against Parker is expected to match those numbers on Easter Saturday.

When asked if he would end the fight quickly, should he get the chance, the 28-year-old responded: "Not necessarily".

I am definitely prepared for a 12-round fight, which isn't a problem.

"In general, I believe Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker will be a good fight". Joshua, who had said on Monday he expected Parker to be overwhelmed, has won all his previous fights by knockout and has boasted that no human can stop him.

Perhaps the greatest sporting team on earth, New Zealand Rugby have dominated the 15-man code for as long as most of us can remember but this weekend could see another Kiwi star emerge.

"I'm going to beat him", said Parker.


"I'm not here to put on a show or for a payday, I'm here to take those belts back to New Zealand and Samoa".

"Despite remaining unbeaten with 20 KO's from 20 fights, AJ has looked beatable in his last few fights".

Parker has undergone surgery on both elbows prior to the biggest night of his career but recent sparring partner Malik Scott told Sky Sports that the power is back in the fists of the WBO Champ. "I then can see Wilder vs Fury in the United Kingdom in late 2019 to settle who's #1 among the big men". Every fight I've had has been exciting. Joshua has a good jab and I believe in the later stages of the fight Parker could walk on to a big uppercut. I don't know if it's a knockout, or points, or decision.

"If I become victorious then I can look at future plans, but I am looking at Saturday and not beyond that moment". This is the ideal time for the fight.

Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) smiled through the subtle putdowns from Joshua and McCracken, of being a "lively challenger" with "solid credentials". He smiled and nodded his head in time to the music at the top table as Joshua made his way to the front. You're getting paid (to turn up in Cardiff), you have business class flight and a lovely hotel, It's not like it's a chore.

Joseph Parker will not be at the same physical disadvantages in Cardiff on Saturday night.

It is now possible for mere mortals such as this humble hack to experience the masochistic adrenaline rush of Anthony Joshua throwing punches at you.

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