Parker on Joshua: Somebody is Getting KO'd - It Won't Be Me!

By Ryan Burton

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (24-0 18 KOs) is just two weeks away from his unification showdown against WBA/IBF/IBO champion Anthony Joshua (20-0 20 KOs).

The New Zealander finished up his Las Vegas training camp last week and left for the UK on Friday to begin his media commitments to promote the Sky Sports pay-per-view event.

Parker is very excited about facing Joshua and also facing the other heavyweight champion - WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder - down the line.

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Joshua was down and hurt before coming back to stop Wladimir Klitschko two fights ago and Wilder was badly hurt in the 7th round of his knockout victory over Luis Ortiz earlier this month.  Parker believes he has the power and skill to hurt both men and take advantage of the weaknesses he has seen in both of them.

"It excites me but they both showed true heart from being down and nearly being out," Parker told

As for the Wilder-Ortiz fight, Parker said that the American was much more calculated than he has been in recent fights.

"He was quite accurate. A lot of people say he is wild and throws big bombs but it works for him. He has knocked out everyone he has fought," Parker explained.

The fight against Joshua takes place at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on March 31st.  Parker finished our conversation with a message for the fans:

"Tune in for an exciting fight. Somebody is going to get knocked out and it won't be me."

Also scheduled for the card, former world champion Anthony Crolla faces Edson Ramirez. Ryan Burnett defends his WBA World Bantamweight crown against Yonfrez Parejo and Alexander Povetkin stakes his WBA mandatory spot against David Price, Josh Kelly also goes for his first belt against former IBF world champion Carlos Molina and Welshman Joe Cordina fights for his first pro title against Andy Townend.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by RussB23 on 03-20-2018

Nothing against parker. Aj is most likely going to run through him though.

Comment by pollywog on 03-20-2018

The giant glass jawed robot has never fought a big hearted, super fast, granite chinned Samoan warrior before. AJ and his fanboys have no idea what that means, but are gonna find out when his team scrape him up of…

Comment by Dr Rassclart on 03-20-2018

Ruiz found Parker’s chin with ease and had him rattled on several occasions during that fight. Parker also looked gassed during the last three rounds, so I believe were looking at a KO win for AJ inside of 10.

Comment by zapallo on 03-20-2018

Someone must be planning on KO the referee.

Comment by Boksfan on 03-20-2018

Go back in time and knock out Hughie and then maybe somebody gonna believe you buddy :)

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