Joshua vs Parker clash is confirmed

Anthony Joshua faces Joseph Parker in world heavyweight unification bout in March

Anthony Joshua will fight Joseph Parker in a heavyweight title unification fight on March 31 in Cardiff.

Asked about Parker's pre-fight comments, Joshua exclusively told Sky Sports: "I haven't seen them all, but I've heard some of them". We've been thinking about this fight, we've been visualising Joe in the ring with Joshua.

The world champions have agreed to put their IBF, WBA, IBO and WBO belts and unbeaten records on the line. The all-time classic bout, which saw both fighters hit the deck, earned's 2017 Fight of the Year award.

Parker is undefeated in his 24 professional fights, with 18 of those wins coming by a knockout.

Parker believes he has been underestimated by the Londoner and has questioned Joshua's chin while threatening to give his rival a "huge shock". "A couple of months ago I heard him say, 'Why should I be anxious about this little kid from New Zealand?' Well, now he's about to find out. My entire existence is now devoted to proving what the boxing world already knows".

And Hearn spoke of his relief at getting the deal complete. The weight was the third highest of Parker's career.

Although it's not official, the bout is expected to air on Showtime.

Parker said there would be drug testing prior to the title fight in Wales but there "there are a lot of ways you can dodge drug testing".

It's obvious that Barry does not want Parker to stand right in front of Joshua, and will likely have his fighter on the move while looking to counter Joshua - who is usually a come forward puncher with plenty of aggression. "Training camp is under way and before you know, 31 March will be upon us".

The formal news conference to kick off the promotion of the fight will take place on Tuesday in London. "Champions should fight champions and AJ continues to step up to the challenges".

American Deontay Wilder holds the fourth belt in the heavyweight division.

"Eddie has been great to work with from day one", Higgins said. Who knows, if you are that big and that muscly there's something wrong. New Zealand might be a tiny country on the other side of the world but it has a hugely proud sporting tradition - and a particularly strong tradition when it comes to whipping mother England.

But Joshua is paying little attention to talk of Parker's renowned chin as he will instead attempt to break down the Kiwi with the same sustained body assault that grinded down the resistance of Carlos Takam in October.



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