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Joshua: Going 12 is Fine With Me; Not About 100% KO Record

By Keith Idec

Anthony Joshua wasn’t disappointed because he didn’t knock out his opponent for the first time in his pro career Saturday night.

The undefeated heavyweight champion feels he displayed diversity by out-boxing Joseph Parker during their 12-round title unification fight in Cardiff, Wales. England’s Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) mostly used his jab to get past Parker (24-1, 18 KOs), who lost by big margins on all three scorecards at Principality Stadium (119-109, 118-110, 118-110).

When asked whether he felt disappointment because he went the distance for the first time as a pro, the big British knockout artist said, “None at all. Look, I’m not Mayweather or nothing. But you’ve got one of the guys you call the best ever and so on and so forth, went 12 rounds the majority of his career. So it shows it’s about boxing IQ. When Parker said in his fight build-up, ‘This is gonna be a war,’ I said, ‘OK, interesting because we’ve been working on technique improvements,’ and that’s what boxing is about.

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“Before the war comes, you have to box and you have to be able to control your opponent. And sometimes, if it gets a bit sticky in there you have to dig deep. But I knew that wasn’t the route we was going. You know, it’s about being intelligent.”

The 28-year-old Joshua said before facing Parker that he didn’t expect to knock out every opponent for the rest of his career. Now that the IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO champion has gone the distance for the first time, the 6-feet-6, 242-pound Joshua realizes more than ever that winning is more important than anything.

“So 12 rounds is fine with me,” Joshua said.

“And it’s not about, you know, the hundred-percent KO record at all. It’s about securing these [motions to belts] and winning and being victorious. Boxing is tough because there is no space for mistakes. You lose and the next man’s sitting here, getting praised. So it’s just about getting that ‘W’ on the record and trying to progress now. I’ve got a bit of time to work on the basics, and go again and display some good boxing skills with whoever I fight later on in the year.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by P4Pdunny on 04-04-2018

[QUOTE=boxxsingh;18638827]The NZ judge had the widest margin my fella. And the ref was Italian coz Parker's team didn't want a British ref. But it's okay...[/QUOTE] you can't try to talk sense into that pollywog guy, i just giggle and jab…

Comment by RememberTUA? on 04-04-2018

[QUOTE=pollywog;18636538]I dont think he went all out for the KO cos he respected Parkers power and chin so knew he couldn't without opening himself up for getting sparked himself. He knew all he had to do was go 12 rounds…

Comment by Kezzer on 04-04-2018

Its amazing how many Americans have this view: 1) after klitschko fight - rocked by an old man, should've been able to comfortably win (after one of best heavyweight fights ever) 2) after Takam fight - boring, only knocked down…

Comment by boxxsingh on 04-04-2018

[QUOTE=norway;18638001]Strange nobody sees it but AJ is 100% second coming of Frank Bruno. Nothing special at all !!!![/QUOTE] Yeah if you say so...

Comment by boxxsingh on 04-04-2018

[QUOTE=pollywog;18636538]I dont think he went all out for the KO cos he respected Parkers power and chin so knew he couldn't without opening himself up for getting sparked himself. He knew all he had to do was go 12 rounds…

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