Anthony Joshua To Fight Joseph Parker In Cardiff On March 31

Confirmed: Anthony Joshua Will Face Joseph Parker On 31st March

Confirmed: Anthony Joshua Will Face Joseph Parker On 31st March

Anthony Joshua will fight Joseph Parker in a heavyweight unification bout on March 31 at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff.

Joshua will put his WBA and IBF titles on the line against New Zealander Parker, who has held the WBO version of the title since December 2016.

This week, Eddie Hearn - Joshua's promoter - confirmed that a deal was close to being signed off, with Parker's representative David Higgins having flown to the United Kingdom for talks.

The victor of the clash is likely to face WBC champion Deontay Wilder in another unification bout this summer.

A seemingly unimpressed Joshua told Sky Sports: "In sports you've got the likes of Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, [Lionel] Messi, LeBron James, and then you've got people like Joseph Parker, so he's not a respectable type of person, he can't control himself".

"I'm looking forward to it". "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". And the world is about to find out whether AJ can really take a punch.

Joshua aims to unify the heavyweight division in 2018 and win over Parker would see him claim the WBO belt - with only Deontay Wilder's WBC title left to win.

Higgins suggested Joshua has been down multiple times, while Hearn insisted his fighter was a level above - and the pair were in fine form in front of the cameras.

Parker is often overlooked as a top-level heavyweight due to him residing and fighting out of New Zealand, is Joshua's most testing fight to date outside of Wladimir Klitschko. My entire existence is now devoted to proving what the boxing world already knows'. "Champions should fight Champions and AJ continues to step up to the challenges".

He clearly showed he could, against Klitschko, but he also struggled to hold off the much older Klitschko at times in that fight.

Cardiff's Principality stadium - where Joshua successfully defended his titles against Carlos Takam in October - will host the bout. 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.

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