Joshua Hopes Parker Doesn’t Get KO’ed Early

Anthony Joshua hopes Joseph Parker is taking his training seriously so that their heavyweight unification fight doesn’t end in the early rounds.

As reported by, In January, after months of negotiations between the representatives of both camps, was confirmed for March 31st at the Principality Stadium.

Joshua will put his IBF, IBO and WBA belts on the line, while Parker’s WBO strap will also go to the victor next month.

Parker’s last three fights have gone the distance and Joshua hopes his opponent will be prepared to do the same in Cardiff so the fans get value for money.

“I hope he’s training well,” he told Sky Sports.

“I hope he’s fit, because you know what it is right, people wait 10 or 12 weeks for us to come together and no-one wants to lay down in the first or second round.”

“I hope he’s fit and he’s ready for a good fight, because I am.”

Also as part of that card, Alexander Povetkin will defend his WBA Inter-Continental and WBO International Heavyweight titles against David Price.

Former WBA ruler Povetkin is the mandatory challenger for the WBA Super title held by Joshua. The Russian powerhouse will be targeting a showdown with the main event winner, but must first make a second successful defence of his titles having seen off Christian Hammer in December after winning the belts in July against Andriy Rudenko.

“I’m very excited to be fighting on this huge show,” said Povetkin. “I expect to put on a great performance and then go on to fight the Joshua vs. Parker winner later this year.”

The Liverpool favorite returned to action in December in Essex after his loss to Hammer in February, and the 34 year old is determined to take this golden chance on a ‘life changing’ night.

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