Joshua Claims Parker’s Faults Will Cost Him Title

The finalized deal for IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and WBO champion Joseph Parker’s unification fight has been announced for March 31st, in Cardiff, Wales and Joshua has already begun studying tape of his upcoming foe.

Joshua recently looked over Parker’s last fight, where he traveled to Manchester to face mandatory challenger Hughie fury.

Joshua felt Parker showed no ring generalship in the bout and had no idea on how to cut off the ring, as Parker would be unable to catch up to Fury throughout the fight.

“He hasn’t been taught ring generalship and how to cut off the ring, because he was following him around. You need to be able to corner your opponent, but nevertheless he got the win, which is always the main objective,” Joshua said.

“Ring generalship is always important, but this is the situation with the heavyweight division at the minute is that the champions are still learning fighters. I won’t pick too many faults yet. He’s still learning.”

Parker and his promoter David Higgins have made it a point to discuss Parker’s chin, and the fact he’s never been knocked to the canvas, as a pro or as an amateur.

And while Joshua has been derided by Parker and Higgins for suffering knockdowns in prior fights, he has a strategy if Parker’s chin can withstand his clubbing blows.

He intends to dig big hooks to Parker’s body in the early rounds to soften him up for the head shots.

“I’m going to smash him up to the body. What slowed [Carlos] Takam down is when I started punching him to the stomach. Jab to the stomach, right hand to the stomach. If someone has got a strong head, you hit them to the body. It’s quite simple so if Parker’s got a granite chin, I’ll weaken his body down,” Joshua said.

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