Joshua Defeats Parker, Wants Wilder Or Fury Next

In front of nearly 80,000 people at Principality stadium, Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker battled for four world heavyweight titles.

The British superstar would keep Parker on his back foot for the majority of the fight, as Joshua would look to build momentum for a knockout.  While Joshua would keep Parker against the ropes, Parker would have an excellent defensive performance in the early going, finding ways to slip out of punches or get Joshua in the clinch.

The referee, Giuseppe Quartarone, would implicate himself several times in the fight, slowing down the action, or breaking up exchanges to the the dismay of the crowd and broadcasters. At one point of the fight, Showtime Boxing announcer Mauro Ranallo would exclaim “What the hell is the referee doing” in the midst of an exchange between both fighters.

While Parker would keep it close the entire fight, he relied on his defense and body movement instead of his power. While the same could be said for Joshua, the world heavyweight champion for the IBO, WBA, IBF, and after tonight, WBO, kept Parker moving back and not forward for nearly all twelve rounds.

For the first time in his professional career, Anthony Joshua would see not only the twelfth round, but also the scorecards. All three judges would score in favor of Joshua (118-110 x2, 119-109), as he would remain undefeated and give Parker his first career professional loss.

Following the fight, Joshua would be asked what’s next. He would look to all of world championship titles and proclaim… “21 professional fights, 6 world championship fights. Does that not show you what route I’m going in?”

While he looks at heavyweight unification as the ultimate goal, Joshua made it clear the next two men he wants to face would be either WBC world champion Deontay Wilder, or fellow British star Tyson Fury.

When asked if he’d fight in the United States, Joshua claimed he’s staying in the United Kingdom and that Wilder could come to him.

“No risk, no reward. We can do it at Wembley Stadium or back here! Get Wilder in the ring and I’ll knock him spark out.”

 

Eddie Hearn was asked about Wilder and if Joshua would fight in the United States, Hearn claimed they’d “go anywhere!” Hearn would raise one concern, Wilder’s drawing power in the United States, telling Sky Sports that Wilder “fights in great venues with no one there.. Look at what were doing over here, look what Anthony Joshua is doing over here.”

Hearn would also throw another attack at Wilder’s management claiming “they can talk the talk, but they can’t walk the walk.”

With Wilder and his promoter Lou DiBella set for a press conference on Tuesday, expect some fireworks from the WBC champion as he will either announce his next opponent, or his intentions towards Anthony Joshua.

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