British hopeful Anthony Joshua is out to earn another title this summer when he clashes with Joseph Parker of new Zealand. Four of the five major belts in the heavyweight division will be on the line in this blockbuster event, one winner takes all. It will be the first time an undisputed heavyweight title fight has been staged on UK shores. Joshua and Parker have not fought prior to this event.
When will the fight take place?
The bout is scheduled to take place on March 31st, 2018 at 9pm. This timing will differ for those viewers outside of the UK for example, people watching from Australia can expect to watch the fight at 8am on the Sunday. Those who are based in the US will catch the action on Saturday morning.
Where is the venue?
Joshua vs Parker has been reserved at Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales. The venue capacity is expected to reach to 90,000 with all tickets now sold out. Joshua fought Carlos Takam in the very same arena last year so this will be a familiar setting to him, meanwhile Parker has never ventured this far out.
How can I watch Joshua vs Parker?
The fight is being broadcast at UK prime time on the Saturday evening, available to UK viewers through Sky Box Office in the UK, which is on channel 491 for standard definition and channel 492 for high definition. Sky is pricing this one up at £19.95, with a £5 fee increase for bookings made on the day.
Who is on the undercard?
Ryan Burnett vs Yonfrez Parejo
Joe Cordina vs Andy Townend
Josh Kelly vs Carlos Molina
Morgan Jones vs Mose Auimatagi Jr
Timing had a big part to play in this saga. For Joshua, the golden boy of British heavyweight boxing, this is his ticket to the big time. A win over Kiwi Parker will elevate him to the rank of international superstar and edge him closer to breaking America (and the big money).
“We embrace the challenge of facing an undefeated champion. He’s a champion, he’s done well for himself. He’s quick and he can take a punch.
“I have to mentally say the fight will go 12 rounds in my head, but if I had to pick I’d say nine rounds. I win by knockout, 100 percent.” – Joshua
Consider this a warm-up to a possible trilogy with Deontay Wilder, who currently occupies the fifth heavyweight title, the only belt not on the line in this fight. Taking on Wilder now would rush the dream and naturally open up a chasm between him and fighters of lower tier, Parker included. This is effectively Parker’s one and only shot of a sizeable payday whilst AJ is still fighting on British shores – a shrewd move from his management.
“He’s rattled. Where he got that word from, where he got that idea from, I just don’t know. It was nothing about demonising him. We just stated the truth about him. He’s been knocked down a ton of times in sparring.
“My team came up with the strategy of trying to lock in the deal after he had said that he wants to win all the belts. That was it.” – Parker
Meanwhile, Tyson Fury, lurking in the shadows of social media is primed for a comeback in 2018. The former champion, who has also scalped Klitschko, will be keen to coax Joshua into a super fight before the likes of Wilder, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Before the speculation can start, AJ has to conquer the New Zealand man mountain in March.
Anthony Joshua Form and Fight Record
Not even a blip of the boy’s record. AJ is 20-0-0, each of those wins recorded via KO/TKO. Few boxers in the sport competing at this level can boast of a triumphant run like the champ has. Joshua fought twice last year, defeating the problematic Takam with ease, whilst also delivering a fight of the year performance by toppling Klitschko.
It was the latter boxing bout that put AJ on the map, and now a household name, the pressure is on for him to host another high impact night of boxing entertainment in Cardiff. He is both physically and mentally equipped to do so.
Anthony Joshua Last Five Fights
Win via KO/TKO – Carlos Takam
Win via KO/TKO – Wladimir Klitschko
Win via KO/TKO – Eric Molina
Win via KO/TKO – Dominic Breazeale
Win via KO/TKO- Charles Martin
Watch video highlights of Anthony Joshua against Carlos Takam
Joseph Parker Form and Fight Record
The giant Kiwi didn’t exactly set the world alight in his last outing against British based heavyweight Hughie Fury. Many fans had this fight as a 50-50 and it could be argued that the challenger threw away needless chances.
A win is still a win, and Parker has been racking them up with aplomb in the build-up to this fight with Joshua. Surprisingly, for a man with a reputation built on knocking people out, he hasn’t managed to finish a fight in this fashion since defeating Dimitrenko in October 2016. Has the big man still got the firepower or will he be clinging on for a points decision?
Joseph Parker Last Five Fights
Win via majority decision – Hughie Fury
Win via unanimous decision – Razvan Cojanu
Win via majority decision – Andy Ruiz Jr
Win via KO/TKO – Alexander Dimitrenko
Win via KO/TKO – Solomon Haumono
Watch video highlights of Joseph Parker against Hughie Fury
Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker Prediction
First, to Parker’s chances against in this heavyweight contest: he is no pushover, and although a slower mover than AJ he can bang just as hard. The New Zealander has an astonishing 75% knockout success rate. If he lands during the fight, which he most certainly will, he has every chance of making a go of this.
Even at 6,6in Joshua can cut a static target in the ring and leaves gaps for his opponents to reach in and land. This was most evident during the Klitschko fight when both boxers enjoyed stints of dominance, back and forth.
Joshua is entering the prime of his boxing career. We are tipping him to step through the gears against Parkers and bet that at some point, during an exchange, those heavy hands will be too much for the relatively untested challenger to handle. If the Brit can utilise his reach with consistent jabs and avoid the clinch, he stands to wear down Parker and set himself up for a big finish late on.
We’re opting for several outcomes for this boxing fight. Our first prediction is for Joshua to win outright – the inexperienced Parker will struggle living up to the moment.
We’re also tipping AJ to finish the fight inside 12 rounds, which going on current form, won’t be a problem.
Finally, we are tipping the fight to end by KO/TKO on account of the game plan Joshua will be adopting. Good luck with your stakes!