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Joshua Admits That Parker's Steroid Taunts Got Under His Skin

IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) admits that Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs), holder of the WBO world title, got under his skin after the numerous taunts about an alleged "glass jaw" and being called “the king of steroids.”

Joshua vs. Parker takes place on March 31 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

There was a lot of trash talking in the lead-up, with the bulk of it coming from Parker and his handlers.

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Joshua claims Parker and his handlers have accused him of using performance enhancing drugs on more than one occasion.

When Parker made the statements, his own promoter David Higgins came out and tried to throw water on the situation - stating that he didn't agree with the statements.

“Three times it’s happened,” Joshua said to The Guardian. “If you want to use it as a PR stunt carry on using it as a PR stunt, but let’s just talk about facts if you want to talk real. It gets under my skin. If he’s better than me, quicker than me, tougher than me, it will take a lot to put me away because I won’t stop coming.”

Joshua says that not is he tested by UK Anti-Doping, he's also been tested by VADA [Voluntary Anti-Doping Association].

 “I give them a slot and they can turn up anywhere, if I’m on holiday, at a hotel, at a club,” Joshua said. “I just text them and say I’m going to be here. You have to let them know. I normally give them the time when I’m going to be in the gym training for the opportunity.”

In his last bout, which takes place in October at Principality, Joshua stopped mandatory challenger Carlos Takam in the tenth round of action. On the other end, Parker was last seen in September, when he traveled over to Manchester and won a twelve round unanimous decision over mandatory challenger Hughie Fury, who is the cousin of Tyson Fury.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mr Objecitivity on 01-24-2018

[QUOTE=sportbuddha;18431295]Fair enough, don't disagree regarding the testing standards, like you said before, not enough funding, I guess it's the age old 'the robbers get paid more than the cops' problem which always keeps them a step ahead. You do seem…

Comment by sportbuddha on 01-23-2018

[QUOTE=Mr Objecitivity;18429082]- Yes, as stated, I believe practically every athlete in the 21st century is consuming some kind of performance enhancing drugs and are artificially enhancing their athletic performance in one way or another. - I'm not a Wilder fan.…

Comment by juggernaut666 on 01-23-2018

[QUOTE=Mr Objecitivity;18429085]I'm not just referring to size, but athleticism + size combined. Most boxers pre 1980's that were tall and heavy like Anthony Joshua were usually sick, ill, sloppy, uncoordinated, slow, clumsy and everything else that describes someone who is…

Comment by Fabes88 on 01-23-2018

[QUOTE=Mr Objecitivity;18429091]- Define 'dirty'. If by 'dirty', you mean being unnatural and artificial, then practically every human being in the 21st century in 1st and 2nd world countries is 'dirty', never mind just athletes and especially top level athletes. Since…

Comment by Mr Objecitivity on 01-23-2018

[QUOTE=Fabes88;18426749]I think relying on photo evidence from 1935 is more foolish than believing drug tests. You do make interesting points and I somewhat agree in the fact that all athletes will take some sort of supplement (I don’t think this…

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