Joshua v Parker: ‘The Road to Undisputed’ Preview
Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker
WBA, IBF, IBO, WBO heavyweight titles
National Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
The Main Event
Unified heavyweight champion of the world Anthony Joshua will face off against fellow world champion Joseph Parker this Saturday at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium in a mouth-watering unification clash.
The fight will present a chance for Joshua to pick up another version of the heavyweight championship of the world, this time the WBO belt which his opponent currently holds, on his ‘Road to Undisputed’ campaign sponsored by JD Sports.
Joshua goes into the event as a massive pre-fight favourite, although the odds have shortened on his unbeaten opponent as the fight draws closer.
Both fighters will bring perfect undefeated records to the ring on Saturday night, Joshua boasts a 20-0 (20 KO’s) whereas Parker respectively has a record of 24-0 (18 KO’s), the old saying goes, somebody’s O has got to go.
It will be the first time two undefeated world heavyweight champions have fought against each other in Britain, and they will do so in front of a sellout crowd, with over 70’000 fans packed into the Principality Stadium on Saturday.
The victor of the huge fight will hold four of the five sanctioning body titles and will set themselves up for a huge unification bout with WBC champ Deontay Wilder and the chance to call themselves the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. The last person to hold that honour was Lennox Lewis – over 15 years ago.
Of course, the main event has received the most attention, and rightfully so, after all it is not often that we see two undefeated heavyweight champions face-off in their prime, but the undercard is stacked full of exciting fights as well.
We will see David Price face off against one of the bogeymen of the heavyweight division in Alexander Povetkin. It is a true shot at redemption for Price, who knows a win will catapult himself back into the heavyweight mix, but he will have his hands full with the power-punching Russian.
Ryan Burnett will face off against his mandatory challenger Yonfrez Parejo in an attempt to defend his WBA belt and keep his unbeaten record.
Rio 2016 Olympian Josh Kelly is taking a massive risk in stepping in with Mexican veteran and former world champion Carlos Molina at this early stage in his career and another Rio Olympian Joe Cordina is fighting for his first title – the WBA International belt against Hakim Ben Ali.
Anthony Crolla will look to keep himself in the mix with a victory against Edson Ramirez of Mexico and Joshua Buatsi will look to keep his exciting progress on track too.
How to watch it
You can watch all the action live on Sky Box Office for £19.95 and in America live on Showtime.
Thomas Davison is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Thomas on Twitter @thomasdavison93