April 23, 2018

Anthony Joshua vs. Joseph Parker: predictions, betting odds and how to watch

28 March 2018, 12:58 | Kristopher Drake

I don't want to lose: AJ defends NZ 'snub'

Joshua: 'I'm definitely preparing for 12-round fight'

"He (Parker) hasn't had as many fights as Joshua and for him this is a defining fight but I think it will be one of Anthony Joshua's hardest so far".

Joshua, IBF and WBA (Super) champion holder, is confident he will emerge victorious in front of almost 80,000 spectators at Cardiff's Principality Stadium. I'm confident, sharp and my movement is better than ever. Joshua, who had said on Monday he expected Parker to be overwhelmed, has won all his previous fights by knockout and has boasted that no human can stop him.

"One fight at a time: a lot of talk has happened about Joshua-Wilder, but you need to be realistic, I'm looking at Joseph Parker", he added.

"I am a champion". When is the fight and what time is the ring walk? I believe I will knock Parker out for sure, ' he said at Tuesday's pre-fight press conference. Dillian Whyte's there and Joshua is there, I (Wilder) wanna get in the ring (confront the winner), Bullshit your bum has gone. 'The fear of losing is that unless I take care of my business nobody is going to want to interview me. "It's not just about winning, which I believe I'm capable of doing, it's how I look doing it and I know I can look phenomenal doing it as well". I am looking forward to the challenge, ' Joshua said.

Joshua acknowledges stopping the New Zealander - who holds the WBO belt and is renowned for a strong chin - will not be easy, but he still expects to come out victorious.

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"We are going to be hearing them cheer for us on fight night".

Joshua, who brought up the issue of what has been described as a "snubbing" of the New Zealand media, said in a cryptic way that he would knock out Parker.

"My thoughts on it are it would be good to see Joseph finish him in the early rounds because Anthony Joshua is going to be a hard guy to beat if it goes into the later rounds". And I'm determined to win. "I'm not doing it just for myself, I'm doing it for my team, my family and my country".

This weekend's heavyweight unification fight sees two unbeaten records go head-to-head at the Vitality Stadium, with Joshua 20-0 (20KOs) and Parker 24-0 (18KOs). I don't know if it's a knockout or points or a decision. We love challenges, we see him as a big challenge which is the reason we want to fight him. I'm cold-blooded. Everything's thought about in my head properly.

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