Joshua: Parker Has No Ring Generalship - I'll Smash His Body!

IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) has discovered quite a few flaws about his upcoming opponent, WBO champion Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs).

The two fighters finalized a deal to collide in a high stakes unification on March 31 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. The fight will be carried by Showtime and Sky Sports Box Office.

"I like to fight, that's the main objective, and it's showing I'm never shy of a competition. 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," Joshua told Sky Sports.


One fight in particular that Joshua studied was Parker's most recent victory, which saw the New Zealand boxer win a twelve round decision over undefeated mandatory challenger Hughie Fury.

Parker traveled to Manchester last September, to satisfy the mandatory obligation.

Parker has some trouble catching up with Fury, who never stopped moving and was always on his toes in the bout.

Joshua felt Parker showed no ring generalship in the bout and had no idea on how to cut off the ring. 

"He hasn't been taught ring generalship and how to cut off the ring, because he was following him around. You need to be able to corner your opponent, but nevertheless he got the win, which is always the main objective," Joshua said.

"Ring generalship is always important, but this is the situation with the heavyweight division at the minute is that the champions are still learning fighters. I won't pick too many faults yet. He's still learning."

Parker is regarded as having a very solid chin. He's never been in serious trouble, and he's never been down as a pro or an amateur.

If Parker's chin is indeed the real deal, Joshua already has a plan in mind - he's going to target the body from the start.

He intends to dig big hooks to Parker's body in the early rounds to soften him up for the head shots.

"I'm going to smash him up to the body. What slowed [Carlos] Takam down is when I started punching him to the stomach. Jab to the stomach, right hand to the stomach. If someone has got a strong head, you hit them to the body. It's quite simple so if Parker's got a granite chin, I'll weaken his body down," Joshua said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Karoriori on 01-15-2018

[QUOTE=asgarth;18409228]Klitschko supposedly knocked wilder out during sparring, but has he actually a reputation to go all out in sparring and knocking fools down left and right? Sparring is sparring. In the professional ranks he hasnt faced a pure puncher yet.…

Comment by asgarth on 01-15-2018

[QUOTE=Karoriori;18408260]Never been in trouble as a teenager fighting the top amateurs taken big right hands from Klit in sparring and his stablemate Izu who is a big hitter. We will find out for sure but my money would be on…

Comment by sportbuddha on 01-15-2018

[QUOTE=Anthony Millar;18408368]What's with all the 'glass jaw' comments, the make no sense? So AJ got put on his arse by one of the most dominant, heavy hitting champs of all time, fact is he got up and knocked him out.…

Comment by sportbuddha on 01-15-2018

[QUOTE=NahMean;18408292]I actually read that as Parker's coment too but it's AJ's article.. And it's a good plan to go to the body and break down Parker as he does have a good chin but it doesn't matter how good his…

Comment by P4Pdunny on 01-15-2018

reputation of a good chin based on what? AJ gets rid of this guy in 6

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