Parker Mocks Joshua's Weight, Promises To Surprise World Champion

Anthony Joshua Joseph Parker

In a world first for pay-per-view boxing, Sky Sports Box Office will show the Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker unification fight in Ultra HD on March 31. "Joshua vs. Parker will be the 12th Heavyweight World championship match on SHOWTIME since Deontay Wilder won his title in 2015, an undisputed industry-leading offering in boxing's preeminent division".

Despite being an unbeaten world champion, Parker will arrive in Cardiff as a huge underdog with the bookmakers.

Afoa said when he walked into Joshua's camp; he met the heavyweight champion who asked him where he was from.

He's thought about what would happen if he knocked out Joshua.

"Every single day people are reaching out but we have worked the media very hard the last two months, over and beyond", Barry said of media promotions.

The one thing Klitschko and Takam didn't do when Joshua started to tire was keep the foot on the gas pedal.

Parker adds, regarding Joshua stripping weight and appearing leaner than he ever has in his professional career: "If he actually trusted in his body then he wouldn't be trying to change who he is".

And, if current IBF and WBA champion Joshua needed any extra motivation, a war of words with Parker in the build-up has only served to add fuel to his fire.

Thanks to the camp, Parker confirmed he will weigh in about four kilograms (nine pounds) lighter, at 108 kilograms (238 pounds), than against Fury.

"This fight is so big, and there's so much scrutiny on the officials, they should know they won't work again if they favour the home man obviously". Everyone talks about how the right hand is important. But Parker will love the underdog role in what is his biggest payday to date. He has, with little evidence to back it up, focused on Joshua's "glass-chin", suggesting that the Watford fighter could go down easily and has rarely been tested. We've had trouble with the shoulders, but it was related to the elbows. The 28-year-old, in addition to his incredible skill and power inside the squared circle, is well respected outside the ring and has a proven track record of selling out massive stadiums. Parker has to keep reminding himself that he deserves to be in this fight.

If true, this would have been uncharacteristically petty from Anthony Joshua.

"Parker is a better all-rounder", he said.

Steven Muehlhausen is an MMA and boxing writer and contributor for Sporting News.