Parker’s Coach: Joshua Is One-Dimensional
Kevin Barry, trainer of WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker, saw a lot of flaws in IBF, WBA, IBO champion Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs). On Saturday night, Joshua secured a career defining win by stopping former division ruler Wladimir Klitschko in an epic fight in front of 90,000 people at Wembley.
Having never been beyond the seventh round, Joshua was able to stop Klitschko in the eleventh.
The win was far from easy. Klitschko went down hard in the fifth round, but he recovered and started working over a tired Joshua. During the sixth, it was Klitschko who dropped Joshua hard and nearly had the young boxer ready to go. Joshua eventually recovered, scoring two knockdowns in the eleventh to put Klitschko away.
In victory, Joshua unified the WBA, IBO, IBF world titles. There are only two titles out of his grasp. The WBC title held by Deontay Wilder and the WBO belt under Parker’s rule.
Klitschko has a rematch clause, but it’s not very clear if he intends to exercise that option. The boxer suffered a bad cut above his left eye and it may take several months to fully heal.
This coming Saturday night, Parker will make a voluntary defense against Romanian Razvan Cojanu in Auckland.
After watching Joshua’s biggest win, Barry saw a lot of flaws that his boxer could exploit in the ring.
"I also saw a lot of vulnerability there with Joshua – he is quite one-dimensional. I’m looking at the fight as the coach of Joseph Parker and what he could do against Anthony Joshua," Barry said to Newshub.
"[Joshua] is very robotic and doesn’t have a wide punch selection. One thing he does have however is phenomenal power is his right hand, so in gearing someone up to take on a guy like Joshua, it would all be about a lot of movement; you have to keep turning him."