22 boxing professionals give their prediction for the winner of Joshua vs. Parker

It seems that every boxing fighter, trainer and promoter on the circuit has an opinion on how the Joshua vs. Parker fight will end. We reviewed a series of video interviews to see who’s siding with whom come 31st March 2018 in Cardiff.

Here is a round-up of 22 predictions for Joshua vs. Parker from boxing royalty:


 

Tony Bellew – Joshua

“Anthony Joshua will eat Joseph Parker. A very good big guy will always beat a very good little guy.”

 

Dillian Whyte – Joshua

“I think Joshua stops Parker in the sixth round. I don’t think Parker is physically strong enough and mentally prepared. He might cause Joshua a few problems because he has quick hands but I see Joshua stopping him. Parker just about scraped a victory over Carlos Takam and I can’t see him bringing anything to the table for this match-up.”

 

Ismael Salaes – Joshua

“I think this is AJ’s time to step up. It will not be easy because he is fighting with someone who has a good chin of rock in Parker.”

 

Jeff Mayweather – Joshua

“I haven’t seen a lot of Parker. I have to go with the guy that I know and that’s Anthony Joshua. He’s the favourite and that’s a reason to go with that outcome alone.”

 

Jessie Vargas – Joshua

“Joshua is tall, strong, mentally focused and I see him using these assets to come out victorious.”

 

Kell Brook – Joshua

“Parker looks sharp for a heavyweight but I do see AJ knocking him out.”

 

Lucas Browne – Joshua

“It’s a 70/30 split to AJ for me. I don’t know if it’s going to end in a knockout but I definitely see AJ winning that one.”

 

Jim Lampley – Joshua

“I se Joshua knocking Parker out. He’s too big and too strong. Parker is quick but I don’t think he has enough to keep Joshua off of him. And Joshua’s punch is special.”

 

Nick Webb – Joshua

“I think Joshua’s going to stop Parker. He’s too big, and too powerful for him. As long as he keeps his fitness up he’ll do the job.”

 

Hasim Rahman – Joshua

“That’s just a money grab. I don’t give Parker no shot. Slim to none.”

 

Spencer Fearon – Undecided

“Joseph Parker has very good movement and he throws punches in bunches. He is a little bit faster than Anthony Joshua. But Anthony Joshua has the better punching power: it isn’t one-punch knockout, concussive power, it’s a stinging and hurtful power that he possesses. But Joseph Parker is a clever guy. He’s got a good camp around him, people who know boxing. This is what makes the fight interesting.”

 

Tyson Fury – Parker

“Can Parker beat him? Yes, he can. Parker is as tough as a brick. Game as a peddle. He’s young and ambitious with nothing to lose. Nobody expects Parker to beat Joshua. Parker can knock Joshua out.”

 

Freddie Roach – Joshua

“Parker is actually a much better fighter than what people give him credit for. But no, he cannot beat Anthony Joshua at this point in his career.”

 

Deontay Wilder – Undecided

“I wish Parker all the best but I think Joshua is definitely going to have to knock him out to win the fight. I see this fight going into the late rounds and I do give Parker a chance.”

 

Joe Joyce – Parker

“I think it’s going to be a great fight and I don’t expect it to end early. Parker is a very strong, durable fighter who can be tricky for Joshua, so he might take him to the late rounds to take him out.”

 

Tony Yoka – Joshua

“Joshua for me is still the number 1 in the heavyweight division.”

 

Andre Ward – Undecided

“I haven’t seen a lot of Parker but I like him. He’s big, athletic. The one thing for him is the moment: if the moment is not too big for him he’s got a shot.”

 

Bob Arum – Parker

“I think Joshua is a really good and exciting fighter, and he’s ballsy but he doesn’t have a good chin. His chin is suspect. And I think that Parker, who may not be the greatest boxer in the world but has a chin like iron, will stay in there with Joshua and he could knock him out.”

 

Dave Coldwell – Joshua

“I can’t agree with anyone who thinks that Parker is going to beat AJ. I’ve said it all along. The first time I saw Parker box I thought to myself he’s not that great. He’s a developing fighter but he’s not going to beat Anthony Joshua.”

 

Virgil Hunter – Undecided

“So far Parker hasn’t been in stressful situations in the ring like Joshua has, but he does possess some attributes that you have to take seriously. I can’t pick a winner but going on paper, Joshua should win.”

 

Jonny Nelson – Joshua

“There are more questions to be asked of Parker than there are of AJ. This will be Joshua’s second hardest fight of his career. There’s a strong possibility that he can be hit and hurt in this fight. I don’t see this going the distance.”

 

Jarrell Miller – Undecided

“It’s going to be a closer fight than anyone thinks. Parker has faster hands and better footwork and he’s not a chinny as AJ. Joshua being too musclebound has worked against him in his last two fights. I’m leaning towards AJ but I’m not counting Parker out and I wish him the best of luck.”

 


14 of the 22 boxing professionals interviewed are backing AJ to get the job done and unify the heavyweight belts. Only 3 have given Parker a fighting chance, and several thought the fight will be too close to call. Joshua vs. Parker takes place on Saturday night in the UK, read our fight preview online for more information.

 

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