Wilder: Parker Has to KO Joshua to Win
WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder is prepping for his title defense on March 3 against Luis Ortiz. But it’s not the only heavyweight title fight in March he, let alone the rest of the boxing world, is keeping a close eye on.
On March 31 in Wales, WBA/IBF/IBO Champion Anthony Joshua and WBO Champion Joseph Parker compete in a championship unification bout. The hope is the winner of Joshua-Parker will get to one day face Wilder to determine the first undisputed heavyweight champion in boxing since Lennox Lewis (especially if it’s Joshua — if Parker wins, Joshua has a rematch clause).
Parker has been making headlines with taunting of Joshua, stating that Joshua has a glass chin and that he will be smiling when Joshua punches him, claiming Joshua lacks power. But many still see Parker as the underdog in that fight.
And Wilder is no exception. He feels Parker has the chance to win, but he’s going to have to finish Joshua to do so.
“You know, I wish Parker all the best but I think Parker is definitely gonna have to knock Joshua out to win that fight,” Wilder said. “I see that fight going late rounds. Whatever happens, I feel like it’s gonna happen in the late rounds, and I definitely give Parker a chance.
“We always hear ‘the heavyweight division, everyone can hit, blah blah blah,’ which that ain’t true. Just because you a heavyweight, that don’t mean you can hit because, honestly, some guys can’t even kill a fly on the mitts if they tried. So that don’t mean nothin’. But it’s all about what’s up in [your heart]. And I feel Joseph Parker is coming, he got the heart, we’ll see what happens but I think he’s definitely gonna have to knock him out to win that one.”