Wilder Gives Analysis of Joshua-Parker
According to WBA/IBF/IBO Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua, negotiations for a title unification bout with WBO Champion Joseph Parker are about 95 percent complete. Reports state the two have verbally agreed to a fight, and the fight would likely take place on March 31 in Cardiff, Wales.
Waiting in the wings with a close eye on that fight will be WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder. Wilder is scheduled to defend his crown against Luis Ortiz on March 3 in Brooklyn, New York. So long as Wilder gets past Ortiz, it is anticipated that he will challenge the Joshua-Parker winner in a fight that would determine once and for all who is the current king of the heavyweight boxing scene.
Joshua last defended his WBA and IBF titles in October, taking on Carlos Takam, who replaced Kubrat Pulev on 12 days’ notice. Takam took Josua to the 10th round before Joshua won via TKO.
Meanwhile, Parker last defended his title in September against Hughie Fury, with Parker winning via majority decision in a lackluster, disappointing contest.
Wilder gave his thoughts on the anticipated Joshua-Parker bout, claiming Joshua showed some weakness against Takam, while Parker is looking to prove doubters and critics wrong after his most recent bout.
“I definitely think that’s a twelve-round fight. I like Parker, I like Joshua as well too. The thing about Parker, he can move…and we’ve seen that he can take some great punches,” Wilder said.
“And we also know for a fact that Joshua’s last opponent Takam, that Joseph Parker beat him and [Joshua] got him out of there. We know Parker can take a punch, but we’ve never seen Parker take a punch from someone that strong. We’ve never seen Parker just take a nice punch on the chin.
I think it’s going to be a long, drawn-out fight. I think Parker will try to stay out of the way of Joshua, and I know Joshua is just going to come and come and try to make a statement, redeem himself for the last fight and try to get him out of there.