Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker – Key information:
What is it?
Both competitor’s Heavyweight World Title belts are up for grabs as British hope Anthony Joshua aims to continue his meteoric rise to the top of boxing.
Joshua will defend his WBA and IBF titles and aim to take Parker’s WBO belt in the process.
What are the odds?
No surprises, Joshua opened as an overwhelming favourite and has remained that way ever since.
AJ opened as a gargantuan 1/33 favourite, however, that’s been shortened to a 1/10 favourite.
That’s purely because of the amount of stakes put on New Zealand talent Parker, who opened as a 14/1 underdog.
He’s now been backed into a 6/1 underdog, and continues to attract a lot of attention.
What’s the undercard?
12 – heavyweight
Alexander Povetkin v David Price
12 – WBA bantamweight title
Ryan Burnett v Yonfrez Parejo
10 – welterweight
Josh Kelly v Carlos Molina
10 – lightweight
Joe Cordina v Andy Townend
8 – lightweight
Anthony Crolla v Edson Ramirez
6 – super middleweight
Morgan Jones v Mose Auimatagi Jnr
6 – bantamweight
Sean McGoldrick v TBA
6 – light heavyweight
Joshua Buatsi v TBA
*Up to date as of 20th March
Where’s the money going?
Despite being a seismic underdog compared to Joshua, punters across the UK are siding with the undefeated New Zealander.
In total, 65% of all bets have been placed on Parker to come up trumps and deliver a shock victory.
When is it and where is it taking place?
The fight will take place on Saturday (March 31), 2018.
Taking place at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Joshua returns to the same arena that he defeated contender Carlos Takam and successfully defended his titles.
What time will the fight start?
Due to the unpredictable nature of boxing, it’s yet to be announced exactly what time Joshua and Parker will take to the ring.
However, it’s believed to be around 10:30pm that both men will take to the ring.
What TV channel is it on?
With the nationwide appeal that comes with a Joshua fight, the scrap will be shown exclusively on Sky Sports Box Office.
The cost of purchasing the fight will be £19.95.
What are their records?
Joshua – 20-0 (20 by KO)
Parker – 24-0 (18 by KO)
What have they said?
Discussing his last outing in the Welsh capital, Joshua beamed about returning: “The last time I was out in Cardiff, I took my time because I knew I was in for a big 2018.
“We’re making history. This is another strap. We’re all blessed with the ability to work hard.
“But I mix intelligence with hard work. I’m looking forward to the physical and mental challenge.”
After landing in London, Parker discussed his chances against British boxing sensation Joshua: “We’ve arrived here in good condition; mentally and physically we’re strong and we’re looking forward to putting on a great display.
“I’m young, fast, strong, my movement is good, I have a great team behind me, and I have my two nations behind me.
“Last year wasn’t the best year for us and [there are] many reasons why it wasn’t my best performances in the ring but I can tell you this: we’re going to put on the best performance of our lives come March 31.”
What’s your prediction for the fight?
Oddschecker’s Callum Wilson: “Despite coming off the back of a straightforward victory over step-in replacement Carlos Takam, Joshua should face a more stern test this time around.
“There’s more to Parker’s game than meets the eye, and he’s built a reputation for having a decent chin.
“However, that chin has not been tested by a power-puncher of the ilk of Anthony Joshua, and it should end in defeat for the unbeaten youngster.
“I can see this bout going into the latter stages of the contest, with Joshua to win by KO between 7-12 rounds looks good value at 7/4.”
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