Joseph Parker bids to upset the odds against Anthony Joshua

Joshua v Parker 30/03/2018

Lawrence Lustig

Joseph Parker might be the big underdog against Anthony Joshua but the New Zealander has been the subject of the majority of wagers for the heavyweight unification.

Fans have jumped on Parker moving his odds from 8/1 to 4/1 with UK bookmakers, and just like the daily winners at Casumo, the New Zealander is hoping he’ll be the one celebrating on Saturday night.

Parker, like Joshua, is undefeated and a champion, which gives the current WBO title holder all the confidence in the world heading into the Cardiff battle.

“I’ve been 12 rounds five times so I’m durable. With this training camp that we’ve had, we’ve worked a lot on different angles and speed,” said Parker.

“What we’ve been seeing in the gym and in sparring, we’re going to put on display come fight night. I think I have advantages in speed and power. If we execute it well on fight night then he won’t be able to catch us and he won’t be able to land that big shot that he throws.

“I’m going to be victorious. It’s going to be a great fight. We’re both hungry, we’re both undefeated and we’ve both been training hard but I believe in myself. I believe in my team and what we’ve been working on. I believe I’m going to be victorious March 31.”


Dissecting both their previous performances, which stood for criticism in the aftermath, Parker added: “It wasn’t his best effort but he did what he had to do to get the victory. Maybe training with someone who was a lot taller and then fighting somebody shorter changed the way that he approached the fight but I think the main thing is that he got the victory and he kept the belts and that’s why we can make this big fight happen.”

“I think on my performance (against Hughie Fury), they are underestimating us and I think a lot of people are already writing us off because of that performance. But, like I said, we’ve worked on a lot of things and we had a great camp and it’s going to be a different fight as you guys will see March 31. If they’re judging us off that fight, then they’ve got it totally wrong. That could definitely work in our favor.”

A lot of the talk has been about a potential clash between Joshua and Deontay Wilder in the build-up, something which hasn’t fazed Parker in the slightest.

“It doesn’t really bother me. I think everyone is entitled to their opinion and the fight they want to see.

“I think what’s important for us is that we focus on what’s in front of us and that’s Anthony Joshua. Our focus is on Anthony Joshua and being in great shape and being healthy.

“It gives us motivation in training and we know what our focus is. Our focus is Anthony Joshua and putting on the best performance of our lives March 31,” he added.