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Hearn: I Think Joshua Will Finish Parker Inside of Six Rounds

Promoter Eddie Hearn is backing Anthony Joshua to “finish it inside six rounds” when he fights Joseph Parker in Cardiff on Saturday.

British heavyweight star Joshua, 28, will put his WBA, IBO and IBF titles on the line against WBO champion Parker in front of a capacity Principality Stadium crowd.

It will be Joshua’s sixth world title fight in only his 21st professional bout, and he is widely expected to claim another notable victory.

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“I thought this fight was going to go late,” Hearn told Press Association Sport at Cardiff’s City Hall on Thursday, when the show’s undercard fighters were presented to the media.

“But I have got a funny feeling seeing Joshua and his edge this week, that he is going to finish it inside six rounds.

“It’s a massive fight for AJ, and it’s high pressure.

“Of course, he has got this reputation of being a massive star, but he is still learning, and to be in these kind of fights this dangerous this early in his career, he’s a little bit edgy.

“He is ready to fight, and he knows how tough a fight it is. He is ready, he is looking in great shape and I think ready to add another belt to the collection.”

American Deontay Wilder is a potential opponent for Joshua further down the line, and Hearn admitted that “it is important to get him in the ring at some stage,” but all attention is currently concentrated on the challenge posed by unbeaten New Zealander Parker.

“People don’t realise that he (Joshua) is moving so quickly,” Hearn added.

“He will give them (the public) every fight they want, they just have to stay patient and follow the journey, and hopefully for many years to come.

“The only danger is that he does it all before he is ready.

“As a heavyweight, I think he wants to go on to his mid-30s, so we want to take it at the right pace, but at the same time we have to listen to the demand of the fans and know that he wants to give them what they want, not just our broadcasters.”

Joshua has captured the British public’s imagination after following up his London 2012 Olympic gold medal by stopping all 20 of his opponents in the paid ranks, and the Parker bout will be his third successive stadium fight, with a crowd of around 75,000 expected.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by FLY TY on 03-30-2018

[QUOTE=Deus;18618568]Surely his achievements at this age don't discount the notion that he's 'taking fight before he's ready'? Bare in mind he had near enough exactly the same amateur experience as Wilder so he clearly is being moved along much quicker.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by Kcvtr81 on 03-30-2018

Parker won't see the 6th, only the ceiling lights from his back

Comment by BLASTER1 on 03-30-2018

[QUOTE=Diabolik;18618384]Not six...Parker coming tp f*ck Joshua up![/QUOTE] I really hope your right mate cause im sure parker would have no problem unifying with Wilder once he beats AJ.

Comment by burnzy1986 on 03-30-2018

[QUOTE=Shontae De'marc;18618377]Yeah he does to pretty much anyone who ain't from the United Kuckdom. Eddie 'earn with' Hearn is a cawkroach daddy's boy[/QUOTE] Believe me. Most in the UK think hes a bellend too. Infact I dont know anyone that…

Comment by Deus on 03-29-2018

[QUOTE=FLY TY;18618199]Lol. He's a HW champion, about to have 3 belts, and again with this "taking fights before he's ready" crap??? [IMG]http://www.reactiongifs.com/r/gtfafm1.gif[/IMG][/QUOTE] Surely his achievements at this age don't discount the notion that he's 'taking fight before he's ready'? Bare…

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