Joshua v Parker: The Countdown Is On
2018 is set to become the biggest year in British boxing as promoter Eddie Hearn announced that Anthony Joshua is set to face Joseph Parker in Cardiff on Saturday, 31 March.
Marking the first time that two undefeated heavyweight champions have come together since Tyson fought Tucker in 1987, this fight will see Joshua defend his titles as IBF and WBA champion, while Parker will put his WBO title on the line.
Boxing is moving a step closer to having one heavyweight holding all four belts for the first time as favourite Joshua looks to beat Parker in front of a home crowd before potentially going on to fight WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
Parker will not be an easy opponent for unbeaten Joshua, priding himself on the fact he has never been floored.
Much remains to be seen if the fight goes the distance. While Joshua has had the majority of his victories within the first few rounds, three of his last four fights have been some of the longest of his career and Parker’s record suggests he has a strong chin and will not be going out in the early rounds. It could all come down to which boxer has the mental strength to take the win, as both have strong jabs and will no doubt become frustrated as the rounds progress.
Joshua’s previous three world championship fights have been televised in the United States, drawing increased interest as the world looks on at what this could potentially mean for Wilder. A win against both Parker and Wilder could result in the next three or four years being all-British in the heavyweight division.
As tickets go on sale tomorrow (Tuesday, 23 January) at midday, the promotion increases as excitement continues to build.