By Ryan Burton
On March 31st WBA/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (20-0 20 KOs) and WBO champion Joseph Parker (24-0 18 KOs) will collide in a Sky Sports pay-per-view heavyweight clash. The action takes place at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn recently said that he would like to make another unification fight - between Joshua and WBC champion Deontay Wilder sooner rather than later.
Hearn said that after Wilder was badly hurt in his most recent fight against Luis Oritz and is concerned that someone else might beat Wilder before Joshua if he waits too much longer.
During a recent training session in Las Vegas, Nevada, BoxingScene.com asked Parker if he felt that Joshua and his handlers were overlooking him.
"I think it seems like they are overlooking me but they must be confident in what they can do. They probably don't know what we are going to come in and do in the fight. I think if I stay focused on what we have to do and stay healthy and fit, I don't have worry about opinions of other people," he explained.
While Hearn has been doing a lot talking, Joshua has been largely silent. Parker believes that is because he knows he is in for a tough fight and most come into the ring at 100%.
"I think he is just focused. He is just putting his head down and focusing on what he has to do. People are saying he has already dropped some weight so it seems like he is putting in the work and doing the best he can to prepare for the 31st of March," Parker told BoxingScene.com.
The 26-year-old Parker also plans on coming in lighter for this fight and expects to be in the best shape of his career for the biggest fight of his career.
"I think that maybe being lighter works for him. He has been a bit heavy the last few fights. Whatever he does is up to him but I know that I am going to come in light and come in fast and show a lot more than what I did the last two fights," said Parker.
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