Parker: Joshua Doesn't Take Criticism Well, I'll Smile at His Punches

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) is not intimidated by the punching power of his upcoming opponent, IBF, IBO, WBA world champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs).

The two big men will collide on March 31, at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

Joshua recently stated that he's training harder than ever with the sole goal of cracking the chin of Parker, who is known for his ability to take a punch.


If he does get tagged in the fight, Parker is planning to give Joshua and smile and fire back.

"If he hits me in the chin and doesn't hurt me then obviously I'll smile and try my best to hit him back," Parker exclusively told Sky Sports.

"I think some fighters when they throw a punch and throw everything they have and it doesn't affect the other person, it might crush them a bit.

"In boxing, some fighters have good chins. You just have to be persistent and continue following the plan and trying to catch them nicely, and obviously hope to be knocking him out. I know that if I got him into the trouble (Wladimir) Klitschko got him into, I wouldn't have let him off the pedal. I would put the pedal down and have chased him around."

However, Parker does not believe Joshua is immune to take criticism. He found it very strange that Joshua was defending himself over a knockdown that took place several years ago in a sparring session with David Price. And the New Zealand heavyweight scratched his head over Joshua's claim that it would take "more than a human" to take him out.

"I don't know how to take that," said Parker. "I might have to be 'Superman' or 'Batman' or something. I don't know? Have to be more than human? I don't know what more you can be?

"He was rattled with what David was saying. For him to defend himself, shows that he didn't like what was coming his way. I don't think he really takes criticism that well."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Deus on 01-27-2018

[QUOTE=Pennsauken1;18429587]Hey idiot, if were paying that cheap $20 fee for paper view, the his fight would be, he fights on Showtime where the subscription is $20 a month stinky!!![/QUOTE] Sky Sports is a also a subscription service that costs £40…

Comment by larry mustafa on 01-27-2018

smile at his punches??? yea..great game plan

Comment by Bonduu on 01-26-2018

[QUOTE=Pennsauken1;18429587]Hey idiot, if were paying that cheap $20 fee for paper view, the his fight would be, he fights on Showtime where the subscription is $20 a month stinky!!![/QUOTE] AJ still makes more $$$ idiot!

Comment by Stuntman Mike on 01-25-2018

What a ****ing joke sick hearing about this mismatch

Comment by ArtyApe on 01-25-2018

Aj obviously is spooked because he is trying harder for this fight than he did for Wlad what does that say? Lol

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