Trainer: Parker Tougher Test Than Klitschko
Anthony Joshua arguably became the top dog of boxing’s heavyweight division nearly a year ago when he stopped Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round to become WBA/IBF/IBO Heavyweight Champion.
Now with a unification bout against WBO Heavyweight Champion Joseph Parker coming up next week, Parker is claiming he is in a different league than Joshua, and that he will be three-belt champion’s toughest test.
In fact, as reported by Boxing Scene, Parker’s trainer, Kevin Barry, says that Parker poses a bigger threat to Joshua than Klitschko ever did.
“As we know, there’s no secret about it – this is the biggest test that Joe’s had in front of him,” Barry said. “But I also believe this is the biggest test that Anthony Joshua’s had in front of him. We are expecting a much better Anthony Joshua than the one that fought Klitschko.
I think there’s still a lot of improvement in him, as well as there’s a lot of improvement left in Joe. So we’re anticipating that the styles of both these guys are going to make for a real fan-friendly fight and a very exciting fight.
Klitschko, the famed, longtime heavyweight champion, was 41 when he faced Joshua, and he retired from boxing following the loss. While Parker does not have the resume that Klitschko has, he is 26, two years younger than Joshua. Parker has been taunting Joshua about a glass chin since the fight’s announcement.
Joshua disagrees with Barry’s claim.
“Wladimir was a phenomenal champion,” Joshua said. “I just think people didn’t give him the credit. Remember, he hasn’t got like a name that a lot of the Western fans can resonate with. It’s not like an Adam Clark. It was Wladimir Klitschko. His first name wasn’t English, you know? And people didn’t really buy into it.
I’m fighting someone that’s 24-0, and everything I learned from that fight [against Klitschko] was a blessing and it led me on to be confident ahead of the fight with Joseph Parker. So I’m dealing with a different beast. Parker still [poses] a threat, but he hasn’t got half of the experience that Wladimir had.
Original Story: Boxing Scene