Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker CONFIRMED: Joshua reveals details for unification fight

Aubrey Yates
January 14, 2018

"I'd like to announce the official news that myself and Joseph Parker will be fighting March 31 and the location will be in Cardiff, Wales".

"He's a respectable competitor, he is the WBO heavyweight champion of the world, so it's like one step closer to adding a strap to my legacy, that's what makes it exciting".

Team Parker have tried to get under his skin in recent weeks with various criticisms of him and an infamous video (at this stage) they put on display in a press conference in New Zealand that showed all the times Joshua has been hurt in his career to date.

"I've done it a few times now", he said. Everyone has their job.

To avoid the mind games I'd expect him to switch off from what they say about him completely.

"It's a great opportunity to make a statement".

Barry wants Parker to be in the 230-235-pound range - to ensure he has the proper mobility for Joshua.

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"It is a unification heavyweight championship fight, we all know what happened last time I was in a unification heavyweight championship fight. It was gruelling, it was interesting, and we both left the ring with masses of respect", said Joshua.

"You never really can tell what sort of weight [Joshua is] going to be, but I know Joseph Parker will definitely be coming in a little lighter than he was for the Hughie Fury fight".

Parker, 24, has won all his 24 pro fights, winning 18 by stoppage.

"Joseph Parker is the absolute epitome of the Kiwi sporting battler", said Higgins.

Joshua's last fight was in Cardiff against Carlos Takam last August, when he stopped the Frenchman in ten rounds. "It certainly won't be a shock to me when he beats Anthony Joshua and takes his titles back home to New Zealand". He won a lopsided decision against Razvan Cojanu in New Zealand on May 6 and then he traveled to Manchester, England, and won a majority decision against mandatory challenger Hughie Fury, the cousin of former world champion Tyson Fury, in his hometown on September 23.

The 28-year-old Briton holds the IBF and WBA belts, while the 26-year-old New Zealander is the WBO champion.

Wilder, 32, is 39-0 with 38 knockouts.

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