Anthony Joshua, Joseph Parker to meet in unification bout March 31

Anthony Joshua, Joseph Parker to meet in unification bout March 31

After months of negotiations the pair will clash in a blockbuster showdown at Cardiff's Principality stadium as the Brit puts his WBA (Super) and IBF titles on the line against the New Zealander. "A couple of months ago I heard him say 'Why should I be anxious about this little kid from New Zealand?'" Parker said.

Then last week, it emerged that Parker's promoter, David Higgins, was flying to London to try and seal the deal. "Training camp is underway and before you know it, March 31 will be upon us".

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.

"It's a unification heavyweight championship fight".

The bout, which will be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office, will be Joshua's sixth defence of the IBO title and the second of the WBA and IBO belts that he won in beating Klitschko, while Parker will defend the WBO championship for the third time having beaten Hughie Fury - younger cousin of former unified heavyweight champion Tyson Fury - last time out in September. "This is another huge unification fight for Anthony as he continues to make history in the quest to become undisputed world heavyweight champion". I just want to challenge and I think there should be one champion.

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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".

Parker enters the bout 24-0 with 18 of those victories coming via knockout while Joshua has won all 20 of his own fights by knockout in his undefeated professional career.

They also offered to pay £10,000 to anyone who could provide further footage. He's never been stopped, never even been wobbled in the ring. 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.

Parker is no stranger to fighting in the United Kingdom when he controversially squeezed past Hughie Fury in an unconvincing display in Manchester last September.

The 29-year-old said his team settled for Parker because negotiations with WBC champion, Deontay Wilder, have proved too hard.

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