Joshua talks Parker mandatory, reacts to Fury steroid claims

Craig Stanaway 26/06/2016
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IBF Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua spoke about his mandatory number one challenger Joseph Parker and lineal World Champion Tyson Fury in the wake of his fight against Dominic Breazeale this weekend.

Joshua made a voluntary defence of his IBF Heavyweight Title at the O2 Arena in London. The Brit won via knockout in the seventh round.

Parker is the mandatory challenger to Joshua’s title with the fight expected to take place before January 2017. Parker is currently ranked IBF#1, WBO#1, WBC#4 and WBA#8 after his unanimous points victory over 12 rounds against the rugged Carlos Takam in Auckland last month.

Ring Magazine ranks Joshua at #5 and Parker at #7 in its newly updated world rankings.

Joseph Parker faces WBA#12 Solomon Haumono at Horncastle Arena, in Christchurch, on July 21.

Below are questions put to Joshua in a post-fight interview with IFL TV’s Kugan Cassius:

You’ve got to fight Joseph Parker at some point, is it a good idea to get that mandatory out of the way? Saying ‘get it out of the way’, it’s a tough fighting, Joseph Parker, does it make sense you’ll potentially fight in November?

Yeah, no problem as long as I’m rested well, I’m healed up well, no doubt man, whenever, it’s no problem with me, he’s fighting soon (inaudible), that fight will happen sooner or later, we are trying to go down a different route, unification and that, but no problem Parker, no problem with me.

You seem like you need a rest though?

Ha,ha, what are you trying to say? I’m looking old? just to wake up in my own bed for a few days without having to pack suitcases it would be nice.

Just finally, can you make some comment about these allegations about Tyson Fury? (steroid allegations).

I hope it isn’t too serious, I don’t know if its 100 percent, Tyson Fury is a big asset to boxing whether you like him or not and it was a fight (Joshua v Fury) that the public wanted to see. I hope its nothing too serious and he can continue down his path of destruction before we’re going to have our collision course. Good luck man.