Joshua on Parker's Steroid Jabs: I'm Clean, I'd Never Do That

Britain's Anthony Joshua dismissed a claim by New Zealand's Joseph Parker he is the "king of steroids" ahead of their world heavyweight title unification bout.

The two boxers will meet in Cardiff on March 31, with Joshua, a London 2012 Olympic gold medallist, looking to add Parker's World Boxing Organisation title to the World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation and International Boxing Organisation belts he already holds.

Whoever wins at the 74,500-capacity Principality Stadium, best known for staging Wales rugby union internationals, will be eyeing a bout with World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.

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After his fight with Joshua was confirmed on Sunday, Parker gave an interview to New Zealand's Radio Sport in which he said: "They call me the king of pies, but I call him the king of steroids."

But Joshua, speaking to newswire reporters at London's Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday, said the "pies" jibe was the work of British television chat show host Graham Norton and dismissed Parker's allegations of drug use.

"I've heard so much in boxing trash talk that nothing's new anymore," Joshua said.

"Can I sue him?" he asked to laughter from reporters.

"I know my records are clean," insisted the 28-year-old Englishman. "That's why I don't bite at it.

"It is what it is. If I'm not clean, you'll find out this fight. If I haven't been clean for all my other fights, you'll see me struggle against Parker because anything I have been taking will be out of my system."

"Trash talk has a place in boxing if it's natural but you shouldn't use it as a tool to sell the fight. I would never put on an act to sell a fight."

The issue of drugs in heavyweight boxing has been thrown into sharp relief by the case of Britain's former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

Last month Fury, who has repeatedly taunted Joshua, agreed a compromise with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) over his positive test for the banned steroid nandrolone that led to him receiving a two-year ban backdated to December 2015. The 29-year-old has not fought since being crowned world champion with his shock victory against Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015,

"In this sport, your life's on the line. Anything to do with that type of stuff you have to be careful," said Joshua. "People's lives are on the line, it's not like a game of golf."

Both Joshua and Parker will be putting their unbeaten professional records as well as their titles on the line.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SonnyboyReturns on 01-18-2018

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;18411740]Britain's Anthony Joshua dismissed a claim by New Zealand's Joseph Parker he is the "king of steroids" ahead of their world heavyweight title unification bout. The two boxers will meet in Cardiff on March 31, with Joshua, a London 2012…

Comment by hugh grant on 01-18-2018

Why is josh responding to parkers claims but not the accusations of foirum users who make out josh has PEDs for breakfast?

Comment by P4Pdunny on 01-18-2018

[QUOTE=Jkp;18415835]Wilder always calls AJ "juicing j". This name has nothing to do with fruit juice.[/QUOTE] didnt know that he said that to be fair

Comment by Ray* on 01-18-2018

To be honest the only people i have seen accuse him of roiding are Wilder's american fans on here. Which is quite ironic. I don't trust any boxer anyways, but if they are tested regularly and randomly then i [I][B]want[/B][/I]…

Comment by Jkp on 01-18-2018

[QUOTE=Switch Hitter93;18411954]Yeah that's one of the more suspect things that's come out his mouth alongside "superior" "because anything I have been taking will be out my system" who the fuk says that it shows knowledge of there understanding of cycles…

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