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"I Believe I Will Knock Joseph Parker Out For Sure" Anthony Joshua

Britain's World Heavyweight Champion In Fine Form At Today's Press Conference.


By Aaron Cooper

The March of the Heavyweights makes its final, and perhaps most important stop this coming Saturday at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Live on Sky Sports Box Office. But before making the trip to Wales we made a brief pit stop to Sky HQ for the all-important final press conference. 

History will be made this coming Saturday. Two unbeaten fighters, contesting in a unification bout for portions of the world heavyweight title. This is simply something we have never seen before. The 'home' fighter if you can call an Englishman fighting in wales that, has been here before. By the time the first bell rings Anthony Joshua would have sold an astounding quarter of a million tickets in his last three fights, and he arguably has more to lose. For the Watford man stands to lose not only his IBF & WBA 'Super' World Heavyweight titles. But his undefeated record and his meteoric rise run the risk of falling from the stratosphere he is currently in. Yes, Parker stands to lose the same things, but I think it is fair to say that there is very little expectation outside of Parker's camp and his home in New Zealand that he will beat Joshua. 

At the press conference, Joshua was the epitome of calm, for as we have already discussed. He has been here before. Looking incredibly relaxed Joshua was confident he would extend his unbeaten run to 21 -0 and even more confident that Parker would fall just as the twenty men before he had. 

“He is quick and he can take a punch but that is what I have heard, so I am repeating what people are saying,” Joshua said.

"You've got two sides of it. I am definitely prepared for a 12-round fight, which isn't a problem.

“Let's say I've got £20 in my pocket, looking at myself I believe Anthony Joshua knocks out Joseph Parker for sure.”

Meanwhile, Parker also cut a surprisingly calm figure. If he had any nerves at all he has to be commended as they did not show.

“We've had a great build-up to this mega fight. I'm looking forward to putting on the best display on March 31,” Parker said. “I feel ready, I feel confident, I feel sharp. I'm taking these belts back to New Zealand.

“We love challenges. We see him as a big challenge and that's why we want to fight him.

“I feel it's my time. I'm young, I'm fast and I'm strong and I'm determined to win. I'm here to be part of history and I'm not just doing it for myself, I'm doing it for my team, my family and my country.

“I'm going to beat him but I haven't decided how I want to beat him yet. I don't know if it's a knockout, points or decision. I'll see how I feel on fight night.”

Will AJ continue his rise and keep his place as the biggest boxing attraction in the world? Or will Parker pull off an upset worthy of Douglas/Tyson

Only time will tell.