Published: Sun, April 01, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Anthony Joshua 6lbs heavier than Joseph Parker for heavyweight title bout

Anthony Joshua 6lbs heavier than Joseph Parker for heavyweight title bout

Anthony Joshua meets Joseph Parker on March 31 in a highly-anticipated heavyweight unification bout at Cardiff's Principality Stadium.

Wilder now carries a 40-0 record after claiming a TKO victory over Luis Ortiz on March 3.

The 25 year-old Ghanaian cum British turned pro on June 5th, 2017 - he has signed with Matchroom Promotions, a promotional outfit owned by Eddie Hearn.

With good looks, Herculean muscles and a flawless 20 knockouts in 20 professional bouts, Joshua has quickly become one of the sport's biggest global stars.

Buatsi represented Great Britain at the 2016 Olympic in Rio Janeiro Brazil, in the light heavyweight division, winning an Olympic Bronze Medal.

The victor of the much-anticipated fight is also expected to face the undefeated WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, who recently produced a tenth-round stoppage to beat Joe Ortiz to set up a clash with either Parker or Joshua.

Joshua, who just now needs Deontay Wilder's WBC title to be one the unified champion, was not at his devastating best but got the job done in front of a 70,000 Welsh crowd.

Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker is just hours away, so our experts have provided their predictions for the outcome. It must be time for Joshua-Parker.

Both men tried to get their jabs going in the first round, and Joshua began to back Parker up in the closing stages of an opening three minutes that he shaded after dominating the centre of the ring.

Prospects of the bout moving through the gears were tempered by the irritatingly over-zealous referee Giuseppe Quartarone, while Parker could not match up to all his pre-fight promises.

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Renowned for his power punching having knocked out all 20 of the opponents in his professional career, Joshua said fans might see a different side to him on Saturday.

Parker weighed 112kg for his last fight and Joshua a career-high 115.2kg for his.

He has instead warned the 26-year-old Parker - who represents a more risky opponent than his status as a significant underdog suggests - that he expects to only begin to enter his prime, and also that he therefore expects to win between rounds seven and nine.

However, given the class of opponent that Joshua has defeated compared to Parker as well as the way that Joshua utterly proved his guile against Klitschko, few are anxious about Joshua's ability to come out of this fight on top. "With Parker at 6'4" to Joshua's 6'6" added to the Englishman's six extra inches of reach, people see the strength beating the speed in this clash.

"Do I think it's going to happen?"

Joshua will have to cut the ring off and use a nice, snappy jab.

Joshua hits the pads at the open workout.

Joshua's knockout streak came to an abrupt end as he proved his staying power over twelve rounds. Parker scored with a right uppercut, but Joshua probably edged it.

Joshua's knees buckled from a counter right hook late in the 11th, after hurting Parker.

Every scrap of boxing knowledge points to Parker losing to Joshua by knockout.

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