Joshua dismissing Parker threat in favour of a huge payday against Wilder?

Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua

The Briton puts his IBF, WBA (Super) and IBO titles on the line with Parker offering up his WBO belt, as well as their two unbeaten records.

Their actual fight might not happen anytime soon, but Anthony Joshua didn't hesitate to take a verbal shot at Deontay Wilder.

Anthony Joshua has been warned to focus on his next fight with Joseph Parker rather than a potential clash with American heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.

Parker was born in New Zealand, although his parents originally hail from Samoa, and Joshua has drawn comparisons with his own background.

"Came here for a better future, so I know how that goes, and struggled, so I know how that goes".

I put the hours in, work harder and smarter than my opponents, but that counts for nothing, if my head is not in peak condition.

"There is a lot of underlying desire in myself and him as well, I'm sure, and that's why I see that lion in him".

"He wants to fight and get it on".

"He got off the canvas to knock out former long-reigning heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2017, and nearly had his nose split in half when Carlos Takam head-butted him in his most recent outing last October".

Parker is an undefeated title-holder, yet considered a safer foe for Joshua than Wilder.

"I can't sit here and talk as if I'm the hardest puncher, I'm the best athlete, and then go and fight Joe Bloggs that no-one has heard of, with 50 losses on his record", admitted Joshua. "Anthony Joshua's making a grave mistake, if he's looking past Parker".

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"I may not be as durable, but I can definitely take a punch, and get up and keep going, and get the win".

Parker said: "It's an exciting fight". He's a young champion.

Nevertheless, Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) respects Parker's power and willingness to challenge him in front of what will be a completely pro-Joshua crowd in excess of 78,000 at Principality Stadium. My goal is to beat him up and knock him out.