BoxNation pundit and veteran journalist Alan Hubbard has a eye-catching view on what may happen when Anthony Joshua shares the ring with Joseph Parker this spring.
In his latest ‘Hubbard’s Cupboard’ feature for the UK channel, the Sports Journalists Association award winner tipped the current heavyweight champion to potentially drop a first defeat to Parker.
Despite Joshua showing some chin weakness once again in beating off Wladimir Klitschko last April, Hubbard sees Parker surprisingly winning on points in the UK.
“It would not surprise me to see Anthony Joshua lose his own trio of heavyweight crowns to WBO holder Joseph Parker in the spring,” Hubbard explained.
“AJ seems to have accumulated a tad too much muscle of late, which is restricting his mobility – and he will need to be nifty against Parker who is a mover rather than a shaker.
“Parker may not be the greatest of world heavyweight champions but he is a capable boxer who seems to have a decent chin and knows how to use the ring to steer clear of danger.
“But perhaps more ominously I fear that AJ may be due an off night after four years and 20 winning bouts and that the Samoan-born Kiwi, relatively humdrum heavyweight as he may be, looks just the type who might nudge Big Josh towards a sensational points defeat.”
Joshua and Parker are close to announcing a massive unification for late March or early April, with the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales the current favourite to host the event.
Prior to the Joshua v Parker prediction, Hubbard also backed Josh Warrington to dethrone Lee Selby when they meet in a mandatory battle this summer.