Joseph Parker: I'm Going To Come in Light and Fast vs. Joshua

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.

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During a recent training session in Las Vegas, Nevada, 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

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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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by P4Pdunny on 03-20-2018

Can't see Parker stopping AJ. AJ's chin is one of boxing's myths. It seems like everybody who's sparred him has "knocked" him out. Without no definitive footage how can you all be so sure. Being dropped by a heavy handed…

Comment by LacedUp on 03-20-2018

[QUOTE=Straightener;18586475]Don’t forget audley Harrison on that list :lol1:[/QUOTE] Sadly a top 10 name on Wilders resume.

Comment by Law088 on 03-20-2018

I Understand where you're coming from with this thought, But Kevin Barry makes a hell of a lot more money if Parker wins from the rematch etc. Not to mention the personal glory for being the trainer of the man…

Comment by Gillie on 03-19-2018

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;18586780]No. It will be on Showtime, the heart and soul of boxing.[/QUOTE] I actually am starting to like Showtime more than HBO, so that's good news. Thanks for the info.

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 03-19-2018

[QUOTE=Gillie;18586746]Is HBO carrying this fight?[/QUOTE] No. It will be on Showtime, the heart and soul of boxing.

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