Joshua v Parker: Preview of the fight
Latest news from boxing camps where fighters prepare for the showdown.
The big fight is just around the corner and in less than a month, two heavyweight boxers will step into the ring in Principality Stadium, Cardiff. WBA and IBF champion Anthony Joshua (20 wins, all by KO – 0 loses) will look to take the first step towards unifying the heavyweight division against also undefeated Joseph Parker (24 wins, 18 by KO – 0 loses).
The winner of this fight will face another undefeated champion, American, Deontay Wilder (39 wins, 38 by KO – 0 loses).
Anthony ‘AJ’ Joshua
This 28-year-old heavyweight, born in Watford, UK made a name for himself in 2012 when he won the gold medal in the super heavyweight division. The same year he turned professional and two years after that he won his first belt (WBC International Heavyweight belt).
With height, 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) and 208 cm reach Joshua looks really impressive in the ring. He is full package in terms of power, footwork, boxing IQ and hand speed. He is a heavy hitter and he showed in last few fights that he can demolish his opponents rather fast. Interesting fact about Joshua is that he never fought outside the United Kingdom in his professional career.
Joseph Parker is the 26-year-old boxer, born in South Auckland, New Zealand. Currently, he resides in Sin City, Las Vegas, Nevada. He had an interesting amateur career, and after 66 fights he turned pro in 2012. In 2016 he won the title and became the first heavyweight boxer from either New Zealand or the Pacific Islands to win a major world championship.
Parker is slightly lower than Joshua, his height is 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) and his reach is shorter (198 cm), but on the other hand, he possesses blazing hand speed, fast footwork and a solid chin. In the fights against Andy Ruiz and Carlos Takam he also proved that he is more than capable to fight at the highest level for 12 rounds and to win those kinds of fights.
Looking at these two fighters and comparing them few things are clear. Both fighters should be in top form for the fight. Parker lacks experience against top-notch fighters and he is giving 6-inch reach to Joshua. On the other hand, Parker is fast, he can move and he can throw some great punches.
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I have no doubt this will be one very interesting fight that will take place at Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Interesting to watch and interesting to put some wagers on it. My money will go on Anthony Joshua for sure as I feel he has more experience and more quality than Parker.