Kell Brook Back Joshua To Knock Parker Out in Late Rounds

By David Rivers, courtesy of The Daily Star

BRITISH boxing champ Kell Brook has given his prediction for Saturday's fight between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker – and he doesn't think it'll go the distance. 

Brook, 31, has been thrust back into the limelight after a convincing win over Sergey Rabchenko, 32, earlier this month.

It followed two straight defeats to Gennaday Golovkin, 35, and Errol Spence Jr, 28, with the light-middleweight now eyeing bitter UK rival Amir Khan, 31.

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Now the Sheffield man has given his take on British heavyweight king Joshua, 28, facing Parker, 26, at Cardiff's Principality Stadium.

Brook struggles to see the fight ending early, but predicts there will be a knockout in the later rounds of the fight.

He told Daily Star Online: "I'm not completely writing Parker off, he's got the movement, he's a champion himself, he's got to keep that respect.

"He's a heavyweight, but he can move around the ring fast.

"But I still think AJ is a big man, he's strong, he's all-round got the edge for me.

"I don't see it plain sailing for AJ, I think it'll be a very interesting fight.

"It's just going to be a matter of time before AJ catches up with him.

"I think Parker has done his homework, looked at AJ. There are still question marks there but he is very good at being hard to beat.

"But Parker is a great champion himself, and I think it's going to be interesting, especially the first half of the fight.

"I can see a points victory, but I'm leaning more towards a late knockout for AJ. Rounds 10-12, probably."

Should Joshua overcome Parker in the Welsh capital, speculation is likely to be rife over him fighting US enemy Deontay Wilder, 32.

Wilder dramatically knocked out Luis Ortiz, 38, in the 10th round diverting all eyes to a mouth-watering tie with Joshua.

Brook has recently been on holiday in Miami and will be paying close attention to Khan's comeback on April 21 against Phil Lo Greco, 33.

But he's uncertain Khan will meet him next, although he hopes a bout between them will play out eventually.

Brook told us: "I feel very good at getting the win, it's boosted my confidence putting on a great display.

"Maybe there's a fight at 154. I'd like the Khan fight but I don't think he'd have it next.

"I want to perform for the fans, I want to give them the best fight.

"But that (Khan) is the dream fight."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Shontae De'marc on 03-31-2018

Too bad Kell won't be able to see his prediction come true, what with those broken and busted up eyes.

Comment by Straightener on 03-31-2018

[QUOTE=sportbuddha;18622905]How exactly is Parker a ‘great champion’ he’s fought no one[/QUOTE] You could say that about the other champion He’s also underfeated like the other champion I’m guessing they just put the great in there for hype . They would…

Comment by sportbuddha on 03-31-2018

How exactly is Parker a ‘great champion’ he’s fought no one

Comment by jonnyc420 on 03-31-2018

Funniest thing about this fight is AJ stepping on a scale draws more fans than an actual Wilder fight. Yet he and his cheerleaders act like he is calling AJ out when his demands are a joke considering he is…

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