Parker's Trainer: Despite Taunts, Joshua 'Has Pretty Good Chin'

By Keith Idec

Members of Joseph Parker’s team have continually questioned Anthony Joshua’s chin since their heavyweight title fight was finalized a few months ago.

David Higgins – director for Duco Events, Parker’s co-promoter – has been particularly vocal regarding Joshua’s inability to take Parker’s power. Higgins, trainer Kevin Barry and Parker himself believe Parker has a better chin than Joshua and consider it an advantage entering their 12-round heavyweight championship unification match March 31 in Cardiff, Wales.

Truth be told, though, Parker’s team respects Joshua’s ability to take a punch.

anthony-joshua (18)

“I think he has a pretty good chin,” Barry said during a conference call Wednesday. “I know that we used the glass jaw as part of our marketing strategy in putting this fight together. But, you know, we believe, as a team, that Joshua has a good chin. He’s fought some big guys, he’s been hit on the chin before.

“Sure, he got dropped against Klitschko and there are stories about him being dropped multiple times in the amateurs, that he was dropped in the gym, in sparring. But all in all, he’s a big, strong, powerful guy, and I think his chin’s not too bad.”

The 28-year-old Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) showed real resolve by getting off the canvas in the sixth round and coming back to stop Wladimir Klitschko (64-5, 53 KOs) in the 11th round of their thrilling title fight April 29 at Wembley Stadium in London.

New Zealand’s Parker, the unbeaten WBO champion, agreed with his trainer’s assessment of the IBF/IBO/WBA champion’s chin.

“I think he has a good chin,” Parker said. “He’s been hit flush a few times and he has taken it well. And, you know, it’s gonna be tested come March 31.”

The 26-year-old Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) also is confident that he’ll be able to take Joshua’s most punishing punches.

“My chin has been tested a few times and it’s done very well,” Parker said. “So yes, we back our chin 100 percent.”

Joshua, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist from Watford, England, is about an 8-1 favorite over Parker a week-and-a-half in advance of their fight at Principality Stadium (Sky Sports Box Office; Showtime).

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by juggernaut666 on 03-23-2018

[QUOTE=cameltoe;18597533]You forgot to mention Wilder coming back from a shaky start and overcoming some bombs by the previously unbeaten, ATG, Washington. The fact Wilder wasn’t blasted out of there in 2 rounds by a fighter with Washington’s devastating power shows…

Comment by cameltoe on 03-23-2018

[QUOTE=juggernaut666;18594472]Exactly this above . Wilder could have been bragging from day one ,just look at magic fight number 20 ,he took on David Long . While no 19th fight Klitchko its pretty damn close ,he was 11 and 1 .…

Comment by cameltoe on 03-23-2018

[QUOTE=lion33lit;18595979]EXCELLENT revelatory post that will be IGNORED by the AJ fangirls![/QUOTE] Hahaha.... I’m not sure he was serious bro... �� But it shows the mindset of Wilder fans that you can’t see the sarcasm, or the difference between David Long…

Comment by lion33lit on 03-22-2018

[QUOTE=juggernaut666;18594472]Exactly this above . Wilder could have been bragging from day one ,just look at magic fight number 20 ,he took on David Long . While no 19th fight Klitchko its pretty damn close ,he was 11 and 1 .…

Comment by juggernaut666 on 03-22-2018

[QUOTE=lion33lit;18592990]Wilder is also allowed to use this same "marketing strategy" when it comes to promoting a fight against AJ! It has nothing to with arrogance or conceit, it has everything to do with NOT BEING IGNORED by a fighter and…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (16)
Top Headlines Golovkin-Martirosyan: WBC Reveal Special Fight Belt - Photos Photos: Johann Duhaupas Grinds For Jarrell Miller Showdown Photos: Maciej Sulecki Shows Off Moves For Daniel Jacobs Jarrett Hurd vs. Erislandy Lara Rematch Ordered Photos: Jarrell Miller Grinds To Do Damage on Duhaupas Photos: Daniel Jacobs Putting in Work For Sulecki Clash Giovani Santillan Aims To Make a Statement Against Barboza Cecilia Braekhus vs. Kali Reis on Golovkin-Martirosyan Team Wilder Send '$50 Million' Offer To Joshua For Unification Photos: Adonis Stevenson, Badou Jack - Face To Face in Tortonto News: Kai Robin Havnaa, Isiah Jones, Reece Cartwright, More World Boxing Council 147 Tournament - Stream Information Estrada Vows: Menayothin Will NOT Tie Mayweather's 50-0! Warren: Saunders' Domination of Lemieux Scared Off Golovkin Skeete: Spence is The Best at 147, Matthysse is The Weakest Link Photos: Rey Vargas Grinding Hard For Azat Hovhannisyan Clash Menard: I'll Show Everyone Devin Haney Took Too Big a Step Up Lomachenko: I Want To Show That Linares' Size Won't Matter Carlos Cuadras Vows To Overcome Battle With Drugs and Alcohol Keith Thurman Plans to Return From Hand Injury 'This Summer' Diaz: Gary Russell in For a 'Rude Awakening Come Fight Night' Sulecki: Danny Jacobs Won't Ever Repeat Golovkin Performance Vanes: I'll Test Golovkin's Chin, Not Run Like a 'Bad Steak' Guy! Parker Promoter Wants Him to Fight Bellew vs. Haye Winner Frank Warren on Frampton's Future, Tete's Lack of Fireworks Peter McDonagh Back From Ban, May 12 In Bolton De La Hoya: Canelo Will Wail on Golovkin For That Bullsh*t Ad! Vanes: This Fight Will Be Like Two Mexicans Going To War Wilder To Serve as Honorary Pace Car Driver at GEICO 500 Jacobs Reflects on Charlo Confrontation, Building Superstar Run Carlos Cuadras Enters Rehab To Deal With Drug Issues Loeffler's Hollywood Fight Night Series Returns on May 22 Photos: Lomachenko Putting in Work For Linares Showdown Keith Thurman Explains Why He Vacated The WBC World Title Chocolatito Appears Unlikely For Golovkin-Vanes Card Jessie Vargas Would Fight Broner in Texas - Rejects Idea of Ohio Saunders: Even if Canelo Beats GGG - He's Still a Cheat To Me News: Matias vs. Estrella Set, Zuhayr Al-Qahtani, Castillo, Villa Photos: Gary Russell, Joseph Diaz - Go Face To Face at Presser Mikey Garcia vs. Robert Easter Unification Next, Says Sulaiman

Latest Active Forum Threads