WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) admits that he did quite a bit of trash talking in order to secure the upcoming showdown with IBF, IBO, WBA champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs).
The fight is scheduled to take place on March 31 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
The fighters went face to face at their kickoff press conference earlier this week and shook hands.
Leading up to the fight, Parker and his handlers began an entire campaign about Joshua's chin.
They claim the British superstar has a "glass jaw"and has a "robotic" fighting style.
There was an even a press conference held in New Zealand, by Parker and his team, to discuss the issue of Joshua's "glass" chin.
He believes all of the trash talking led to the fight getting finalized.
"Leading up to the fight and leading up to making a deal we had to say a few things that weren’t really pleasant and not really our character, but it helped make the fight happen. Now the fight is all locked in I think we’ll go back to how we usually are towards opponents, we’re usually a lot more respectful and calmer," Parker told Talk Sport.
"I think he’s a good champion and I see myself as a great champion – that’s the reason why I want to fight him because I see it as a good challenge. We’re both good fighters, and we all want to see who the best on the world is.”
At the same time, Parker is confident that he can knock Joshua out.
He believes that if he gets Joshua in trouble in the same manner that Wladimir Klitschko did last April at Wembley Stadium - the fight will be over.
“To be totally honest, I feel that I can knock him out,” Parker said.
“I feel that if I get him into the same situation Wladimir Klitschko got him into, than I wouldn’t give him a chance. I’ll be relentless and chase him down.
“But the reason why he is a champion is being he is so true hearted as a fighter - he got up off the ground, got back to work and beat up Klitschko and got the win, so I’ve got to respect him for doing that.”