Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker

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Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker
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Average: 2.5 (11 votes)

Date: 
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Location: 
Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, UK
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
Unlimited
Titles at Stake: 
WBA (Joshua's 2nd defence), IBF (Joshua's 4th defence) & WBO (Parker's 3rd defence) Heavyweight World Titles
Referee: 
Giuseppe Quartarone

Official Judging
Steve Weisfeld 118 - 110
Steve Gray 118 - 110
Ian Scott 119 - 109

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At the Principality stadium in Cardiff, Wales, a major, very significant fight takes place, a unification fight between two undefeated heavyweight world champions.

Home fighter, WBA and IBF heavyweight world champion, Anthony Joshua, is the favourite, whilst away fighter, New Zealand's Joseph Parker, the WBO heavyweight world champion, is very much the underdog.

Joshua is considered the favourite, and the A-side by most, as the bigger fighter, the fighter with more belts, the outstanding win over Wladimir Klitschko, and the more dominant fighter in his career so far, but Parker, though not with a great reputation, is talked up by those in the boxing world who know him, and some, Bob Arum, Stitch Duran, predict him to cause the upset, and if nothing else, is another undefeated heavyweight world champion in his own right.

Both Joshua and Parker weigh in at lighter weights than expected, Joshua, 12 lbs lighter than in his previous fight, Parker, 11 lbs lighter than at his heaviest.

Joshua is patient, and on the front foot, while Parker is mobile.

Joshua starts to settle down in round 3, backs Parker up with some hard jabs, makes Parker fall short with his jab, and begins to pick him off. Round 4 is a similar pattern, both fighters throw the jab, Joshua lands his with some accuracy, Parker is unable to find a home for his jabs. Joshua begins to follow his jabs up with the right hand.

Joshua begins round 5 with a couple of great jabs, Parker, still defensively good, is made to work hard as the round progresses, but is aggressive, and confident, he pressures Joshua. Later in the round, Joshua lands the jab, but Parker lands a great right hand flush on the jaw of Joshua behind a throw away jab, and Parker lands another right hand before the round closes out, not hurting Joshua, but having success. Round 6 starts at a more aggressive tempo, but the ref doesn't want the fighters to exchange. Parker makes a great start to the round as he lands a clean overhand right which finds the target, and makes Joshua miss. Both fighters land power shots, Joshua tries to get back behind the jab, but is less accurate than earlier. Parker seems capable of outboxing Joshua, as late in the sixth, Joshua is made very inaccurate, and Parker lands a few good power shots.

Both fighters try to counter at the start of round 7, the referee, not for the first time, frustrates people by unnecessarily breaking them up. Midway through the round, Joshua smacks Parker with a clean jab, but Parker chops away at the body as he works well in the clinch. The referee breaks the two fighters up despite clean fighting, several times. They up their aggression late in the round, Joshua lands heavier, Parker lands more. Joshua seems to get the better start to round 8. The referee splits the two fighters up often, frustrating everyone, his interfering seems to anger both teams. The ref seems to miss the tape on Joshua's glove unravelling. In a competitive round, Parker is still mobile and aggressive, but it is Joshua who lands the clean punches.

Parker's higher output seems to help him get the best of inside exchanges as the fighters trade shots early in round 9. Parker throws clusters of punches at Joshua, and lands a few, overall, he outlands Joshua. Joshua is still the aggressor late in 9, and lands with the better quality punches, he catches the eye, tags Parker clean a couple of times. Joshua seems the technically superior fighter in round 10, Parker still makes it a rough fight, moves, makes Joshua need to use his patience, but it is Joshua's jab which dictates the round, and is the most successful weapon on either side, as some of Parker's attacks are stifled.

Parker tries to increase his aggresion and work rate in round 11, but the clinches are scrappy, and when the pace is dropped, Joshua is able to point score with the jab. Joshua lands a clean right uppercut midway through the round, a great shot which Parker takes well. Parker is mobile and focused im round 12, but Joshua backs him up with the jab, dictates with it, he also finds more success in sweeping power shots around Parker's guard. Parker is still competitive, and still active, but can't find any accuracy. Joshua is the aggressor in the closing stages of the fight, as he lands a few solid jabs before the final bell.

The general concensus is that Anthony Joshua has won the fight, Joseph Parker and his team don't seem to think they've won, almost all if not all opinions amongst broadcasters and scoring fans, are that Joshua has won, some think it is close, some think it is quite a wide margin, and a comfortable win, but the verdict seems predictable.

Michael Buffer reveals that all three judges score Joshua a winner by very wide margins, two, by 8 points, the other by 10, almost all unofficial scorers think the scores are too wide, but nonetheless, Joshua wins by landslide margins, wins the fight via UD, goes 12 rounds for the first time in his career, defends his titles, and wins a new title, also.

Joseph Parker makes no excuses, is confident of bouncing back from defeat, he gives Joshua a lot of credit, and is gracious in defeat.

Anthony Joshua seems happy with his win and his performance. 'AJ' states that he is proud of what he is doing for British boxing, he also tells the public, "positive energy doesn't just stay in the arena, take that positive energy with you", Joshua uses the word, 'unity', and says "there is power in the people, god bless".

When asked about WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, Joshua responds, "I'll get him in the ring, and I'll knock him spark out!".

Unofficial scorecards outside of Eye on the ring

SkySports - 118-111 Joshua
Showtime - 117-112 Joshua
The Guardian - 115-113 Joshua
Gareth A Davies - 117-111 Joshua
The Telegraph - 119-112 Joshua
BloodyElbow - 117-111 Joshua
The Sun - 116-112 Joshua
BadLeftHook - 115-113 Joshua
SBNation - 116-112 Joshua
Kevin Iole - 115-113 Joshua
Fightful - 118-110 Joshua
SportingNews - 116-112 Joshua




Averaged Fan Card:

round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Anthony Joshua
                                                                    
9.80
9.61
9.90
9.93
9.09
9.29
9.41
9.80
9.64
9.93
9.83
9.93
Joseph Parker
                                                                    
9.25
9.41
9.06
9.06
9.90
9.77
9.54
9.19
9.38
9.06
9.12
9.06


Fan Cards: Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker


scorecard by STINGEV98
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
118
JOSEPH PARKER
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
110


scorecard by OTURN10
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
115
JOSEPH PARKER
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
113


scorecard by ADAMJO260
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
9
10
9
10
116
JOSEPH PARKER
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
10
9
112


scorecard by KAISERKOBA
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
9
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
116
JOSEPH PARKER
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
112


scorecard by THEUNDEFEATED
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
9
9
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
116
JOSEPH PARKER
10
10
9
9
10
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
113


scorecard by HAYEMAKER27
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
10
116
JOSEPH PARKER
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
9
113


scorecard by @THE-WEIGH-IN
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
9
10
114
JOSEPH PARKER
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
111


scorecard by RUTHLESS-RKO
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
116
JOSEPH PARKER
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
112


scorecard by RUET
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
9
10
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
115
JOSEPH PARKER
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
113


scorecard by KMSCR83
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
9
10
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
116
JOSEPH PARKER
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
112


scorecard by DEAN THE DAMAJA
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
114
JOSEPH PARKER
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
114


scorecard by SHOWTIME10
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
117
JOSEPH PARKER
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
112


scorecard by MATCHROOM
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
9
10
10
10
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
116
JOSEPH PARKER
10
9
9
9
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
9
112


scorecard by MJARSULIC
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
9
10
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
115
JOSEPH PARKER
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
113


scorecard by ARJ GUY
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
118
JOSEPH PARKER
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
110


scorecard by CHAMPION58
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
117
JOSEPH PARKER
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
112


scorecard by NOCTISSOLID
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
118
JOSEPH PARKER
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
111


scorecard by ENDOFME1994
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
117
JOSEPH PARKER
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
111


scorecard by HTTP
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
9
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
117
JOSEPH PARKER
10
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
111


scorecard by LUKASZRPB
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
118
JOSEPH PARKER
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
110


scorecard by JML14
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
116
JOSEPH PARKER
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
10
112


scorecard by MIKE25
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
117
JOSEPH PARKER
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
111


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
116
JOSEPH PARKER
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
112


scorecard by BOXING PURIST
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
9
10
10
10
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
116
JOSEPH PARKER
10
9
9
9
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
9
112


scorecard by GOLD
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
9
10
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
116
JOSEPH PARKER
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
112


scorecard by SALTNUTZ1
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
10
115
JOSEPH PARKER
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
9
113


scorecard by SAM11333
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
117
JOSEPH PARKER
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
111


scorecard by MARTIN EDEN
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
9
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
115
JOSEPH PARKER
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
113


scorecard by ZAC.RJ
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
9
9
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
117
JOSEPH PARKER
9
10
10
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
111


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
118
JOSEPH PARKER
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
110


scorecard by BLOODMONEY80
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
9
10
9
9
10
9
10
9
10
10
10
115
JOSEPH PARKER
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
114


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

I think this could be the fight of the year.
There is nothing better than a unification fight between two undefeated heavyweight champions.
This fight isn't getting the recognition, anticipation it deserves, much like Joseph Parker isn't. Parker is written off, underestimated, by many, disrespected in the UK, but what matters, is that Anthony Joshua knows Parker is a threat, he is taking him seriously, because he's too intelligent, too wise to be convinced Parker is a weak champion just because he has had a couple of difficulties in past fights.

I think Joshua will win the fight, for a few reasons.
Joshua is about 6 centimetres taller than Parker, he has half a foot of extra reach, effectively, he probably has about 5 kilograms on him, he's the bigger fighter, that much is clear. Joshua is 2 years older than Parker, at this stage, when they haven't reached 30, I think being older is not only, not a disadvantage, but if anything, an advantage, it is just extra experience, maturity.

I think Joshua makes fewer mistakes than Parker, I think there are certain things both do well, that Joshua does slightly better, and with a little bit more consistency. I think Joshua and Parker are both improving, but I think Joshua is improving more efficiently, and I think at this stage, Joshua might be the more complete fighter.

Parker is a threat, he definitely has a good chance, he has fought the majority of the top 5 of the 44 past opponents between himself and Joshua, he had the longer amateur career, he has the higher punch output, the stronger stamina, the better chin, and he is the more experienced, established long distance fighter. Parker has been a professional for a year longer than Joshua, and has had a few more professional fights, and I think there are certain things Parker does better than Joshua, I think Parker is better at boxing on the back foot than Joshua is, I think he is also better at mixing up his attacks from head to body. There are a fair few good reasons to think Parker will pull out the upset.

I think this will go the distance. If Parker and Joshua open up early, and Parker doesn't respect Joshua's power, thinks he can walk through his punches, he is likely to get knocked out. If Joshua really tires, for whatever reasons, his survival skills let him down when he's in deep waters, I think he'll get stopped. I think Parker has a better chance of stopping Joshua than Joshua has of stopping him, but I certainly think he has to prepare to be hurt, he has to know what to do if his chin doesn't hold up against a puncher with power his never come across anything like, because if he suffers from a lack knowledge of what to do when hurt, and he also underestimates Joshua's power, he will get stopped, and it might happen early. There are many scenarios of this fight ending inside the scheduled distance, but I'm 60/40 on it going 12, however, that isn't to say I don't think it won't catch fire, because I think it will, I think both guys will hurt their opponent at least once, and it will be a fan friendly, classic fight.

The first 6 rounds will be very important, I think it will be tense, tentative, at least for 2 rounds. In that type of fight, where there is so much at stake, so much of a reason to play it safe, it is so much about not making a single mistake, and with both of them trying not to make mistakes, I see Joshua taking a slight lead. I think in the early stages of a major fight, with such a high risk element, it will be boxed at distance, and if this fight starts to unfold like that for an opening few minutes, the extra 15 centimeters' reach could be a huge help for Joshua.

I think the mid-late rounds are Parker's territory, 6 rounds in, is likely to be the point when Joshua starts to struggle for pace, I think at this point, he'll be more heavy legged, his punches will be more forced, and at this point, Parker being the lighter, having the better engine, will be able not only to out work Joshua, but also, land heavy leather, find the chin, and inflict some damage. Parker has a good chance of stopping Joshua in round 8, give or take a round either way. I think one of the really interesting aspects of this fight, is when it comes to ultimate, all out fitness.

Joshua went from being hanging by the skin of his teeth, in a fight that was Klitschko's to lose, to rallying back with a sensational uppercut which turned it around, and he won the fight, so no matter how exhausted he looks, no matter how hurtful the shots from Parker he is taking are, Joshua has the ultimate durability, the heart, the fitness, the desire to find a good second wind, rally back late in the fight, so even if Parker staggers, drops Joshua, there will always be that decent chance that Joshua will manage to return fore late, of course, how well Parker's chin, stamina, overall durability will serve him late in the fight, when the naturally bigger fighter who carries more power is applying pressure, probably throwing that special right uppercut, is an entirely different question.

I think Joshua will win via unanimous decision, I think Parker might hit the deck, Joshua could as well, but I think he'll stay on his feet for 36 minutes. I think Parker will lose, but win 4-5 rounds, impress, and still improve his reputation even in defeat.

If Joshua does win this fight (as I'm 70% sure he will), he deserves a lot of credit, he shouldn't be expected to impress with overall dominance, he isn't fighting Whyte, Breazeale, or weaker anymore, this is his third serious fight, it will be in the top 2 toughest fights of his career. Joshua is competing at a high level now, that means if he wins, however he does it, he deserves credit, not criticism, and it really is as simple as that.

Champion97's picture

Predictions.

Lucas Browne - Joshua
Gary Cornish - Joshua
Dillian Whyte - Joshua
Jim Lampley - Joshua
David Price - Joshua
Dave Coldwell - Joshua
Tony Bellew - Joshua
Bob Arum - Parker
Nick Webb - Joshua
Hasim Rahman - Joshua
Jarrell Miller - Joshua
Brandon Krause - Joshua
Paulie Malignaggi - Joshua
Dave Allen - Joshua
Caleb Plant - Joshua
Lanell Bellows - Joshua
Quatavious Cashi - Parker
Dan Wettlauffer - Joshua
Kylie Fulmer - Joshua
Jim Alex - Joshua
Jeff Mayweather - Joshua
Ashley Theophane - Joshua
James Wilson - Joshua
Jessie Vargas - Joshua
Stitch Duran - Parker
Eddie Mustafa Muhammad - Joshua
Dewey Cooper - Joshua
Kofi Jantuah - Joshua
Bob Ware - Parker
Lionel Thompson - Joshua
Makhmud Muradov - Joshua
David Levi - Parker
McGriff - Joshua
Joe Gallagher - Joshua
Ricky Hatton - Joshua
Shannon Briggs - Joshua
David Haye - Joshua
Scott Quigg - Joshua
Junior Fa - Parker
Kell Brook - Joshua

Joshua: 34
Parker: 6

Champion97's picture

Tale of the tape.

Joshua
Height: 198
Reach: 208
Year of debut: 2013
Career lightest weight: 229
Career heaviest weight: 254
Fights: 20
Age: 28
Year of first title fight: 2014
World title contests: 5
Amateur record: 40-3
Losses: 0
Decision wins: 0
Disputed decision wins: 0
KO percentage: 100
Career best win (opinionated): Wladimir Klitschko (April 2017, TKO 11)
Previously unbeaten opponents: 5
Past opponents with losing records: 2
Current activity rate (fights from 2016-present): 5
Finishes inside 4 rounds: 16
Former or current world champions beaten: 1
Knockdowns suffered as a professional: 1
Experiences of boxing 12 rounds: 0
Experiences of boxing 8 rounds or beyond: 2
Experiences of boxing 6 rounds or beyond: 4

Parker
Height: 193
Reach: 193
Year of debut: 2012
Career lightest weight: 226
Career heaviest weight: 247
Fights: 24
Age: 26
Year of first title fight: 2013
World title contests: 3
Amateur record: (66 fights, at least 7 losses, but unlikely many more than that)
Losses: 0
Decision wins: 6
Disputed decision wins: 2
KO percentage: 75
Career best win (opinionated): Hughie Fury (September 2017, MD)
Previously unbeaten opponents: 2
Past opponents with losing records: 3
Current activity rate (fights from 2016-present): 7
Finishes inside 4 rounds: 15
Former or current world champions beaten: 0
Knockdowns suffered as a professional: 0
Experiences of boxing 12 rounds: 4
Experiences of boxing 8 rounds or beyond: 5
Experiences of boxing 6 rounds or beyond: 9

Best opponents between them (opinionated).
1. Wladimir Klitschko (Joshua won, TKO 11)
2. Hughie Fury (Parker won, MD)
3. Andy Ruiz (Parker won, MD)
4. Carlos Takam (Joshua won, TKO 10. Parker won, UD)
5. Alexander Dimitrenko (Parker won, KO 3)
6. Dillian Whyte (Joshua won, TKO 7)
7. Sherman Williams (Parker won, UD)
8. Dominic Breazeale (Joshua won, TKO 7)

Gold's picture

Both guys came in at very good weights, Joshua at a trim 242 lbs and Parker at 236 lbs. Both guys should be at their peak performance level. I think Parker's height is less than they bill it as though, he looked more than two inches shorter.

BoxNationscores12's picture

This will be a special fight.

Champion58's picture

Prediction.
I think it will be a close fight, I think Parker will be resilient, the fight might well go the distance, with Joshua winning a decision, but not necessarily very wide. Would not rule out a knock out either way.

Gold's picture

I think this should be a really good fight. It has been quite some time since we saw a legitimate title unification at Heavyweight, and whoever wins will be set up for huge fights in the near future. I am confident Anthony Joshua will win this fight, I believe it to be 75/25 fight for Joshua. Joshua has most of the advantages on paper, but at Heavyweight it is hard to completely count out a legitimate challenger with a good punch.

I believe there are quite a few relevant outside factors in this fight. The fight is in Cardiff, Wales, where Joshua has fought previously versus Carlos Takam. There will be over 70,000 fans there, and almost all of them will be behind Joshua. When there is a crowd of that size, they will certainly be affecting the judging in favor of their favorite even if there is theoretically going to be a judge from New Zealand, a judge from the UK, and a judge from the US. Joshua also has the considerably larger promotional backing and is the A-side for this fight. Eddie Hearn has had some questionable cards go towards his fighters, specifically on his Monte Carlo cards, so I would be surprised if Parker got the benefit of the doubt in a close and competitive fight.

For Joshua, this is the second biggest fight of his career. He is no stranger to the big stage. By winning Olympic gold in 2012 despite controversially beating Erislandy Savon, in a short but successful amateur career Joshua was propelled into being a celebrity. At 6’6 with an 82-inch reach and 28 years old, Joshua is in his prime as a very good sized modern “Super” Heavyweight. He most notably knocked out contender Dillian Whyte before getting an easy IBF title shot versus Charles Martin who Joshua easily dispatched. Joshua defended his title against Breazeale, a decent contender, and Eric Molina before facing an aged all-time great heavyweight in Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley for Joshua’s IBF title and the vacant WBA title. Klitschko really pushed Joshua to the limit. Klitschko boxed extremely well in spots by using his jab, range, and fundamentals to despite coming off a year and a half layoff following his defeat to Tyson Fury. Joshua was knocked down by Klitschko’s legendary right hand and was nearly finished, but persevered and finished Klitschko in the 11th round. Joshua had been set to fight his IBF mandatory, Kubrat Pulev, following his victory over Klitschko. However, Pulev pulled out, resulting in the contender and former Joseph Parker opponent Carlos Takam getting the call on short notice. Joshua dominated Takam and knocked him down, but was seeming to tire in the 10th round when Joshua hurt Takam and the fight was stopped. Joshua is a good overall boxer with good boxing fundamentals, good power, and a good chin. I think his power is overrated, he doesn’t have the power of Deontay Wilder and I think Takam would have made it the distance with Joshua had there been a different referee. However, I think his chin and recovery is underrated. He got caught versus Whyte and versus Klitschko but both times he gathered himself and dug deep to get the knockout win. I think Joshua’s biggest flaws are his stamina, movement, and speed which have been most apparent in his last two bouts. Versus Klitschko these were apparent, he gassed which allowed him to almost get finished but got a second wind. His movement is pretty robotic, he is not a particularly fast or graceful mover and puncher in the ring. I think this in part was due to his weight, as he was an impossibly low body fat 250+ lbs versus Klitschko and Takam. Joshua and his trainer seem to realize carrying that much muscle isn’t ideal for Joshua and have stated they will come in lighter for Parker which will hopefully help to alleviate these issues.

For Parker, this is definitely the biggest fight of his career to this point. He had an okay but short amateur career. Parker is a decent sized heavyweight, maybe a little on the smaller side but a reasonable 6’4 with a 76-inch reach at a relatively young 26 years old. At the contender level, he faced two good opponents, beating Carlos Takam by a close but clear decision, and knocking out Alexander Dimitrenko. After beating Dimitrenko, he faced Andy Ruiz Jr, a very good American prospect, for the vacant WBO Heavyweight title. Ruiz looked to be in terrible physical shape but boxed well in spots versus Parker by punching in combination and getting Parker trapped on the ropes, but was generally outworked by Parker resulting in Parker getting a close but mildly controversial decision. Parker defended his title against an overmatched Razvan Cojanu, winning by a wide decision, before having a long-awaited match against Hughie Fury. Fury played a spoiler style very well, winning rounds by using his lateral movement and his jab. At times, Fury made Parker look extremely basic, Parker was essentially charging in, just trying to out muscle and outwork Fury. The fight was close and opinions were divided on who won depending on stylistic preferences, but Parker escaped with a close majority decision. Parker has shown he has a decent power for a Heavyweight, good work rate, stamina, chin, and okay boxing skills, but one could certainly question if that skill set is enough to beat a fighter with of Anthony Joshua’s caliber.

I am confident Joshua will win this fight. I think he is too complete of a boxer to lose to Parker and will outbox Parker to get a late stoppage or relatively wide decision. For Parker to win, he is going to have to really outwork Joshua, using his good motor in hopes of getting Joshua to gas where Parker could finish him. If Joshua does come in heavy like he did versus Klitschko and Takam, I think he has a decent chance of succeeding in doing this. To be able to outwork him, Parker is probably going to have to try to get inside on Joshua and expose himself to Joshua’s power. I think Parker would have to win rounds very clearly for him to get a decision, which I don’t see happening. For Joshua to win, I think he first must follow through on coming at a lower weight, and using improved stamina, movement, and speed to enable his better boxing skills and outbox Parker. Joshua is much bigger, longer has better power, and is the better technical boxer.

If Joshua wins, I think he is in consideration to be on the lower end of pound for pound lists. It is not easy for a Heavyweight boxer to become a three belt unified champion, and Joshua would have beat two of the best Heavyweights in the world to do it. With beating Parker, Joshua is set up to face Deontay Wilder for the undisputed lineal and legitimate championship of the world, but it seems to be unlikely Joshua will face him immediately after Parker. Theoretically, Alexander Povetkin is the WBA mandatory which means that Joshua should be facing him if he isn’t unifying, but Povetkin may be okay with taking step aside money with the guarantee of a match in the future with Joshua. Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, seems to be targeting Jarrell Big Baby Miller of all people to “showcase” Joshua to the US market before facing Wilder. I hope this isn’t true, Miller is not bad but he is a waste of time for someone like Joshua and only really serves as a stay busy fight. If Parker wins, I think he will be immediately matched against Deontay Wilder by Dave Higgins and Bob Arum, Parker’s promoters, giving Povetkin step aside money. It would be a too high risk and low reward fight to go to Russia to defend against Povetkin instead of a big money fight versus Wilder.

martin eden's picture

I'm sure this will be a future classic! I actually think Parker will pull out a late stoppage win, but I wouldn't be surprised if Joshua wins. I wasn't impressed with Joshua's performance against Takam, which I think was one of the worst stoppages ever! Joshua looked slow and gassed out, I gave Takam the two previous rounds before the fight was stopped and I felt Takam started to come on. If Parker fights tactical and uses his superior foot and hand speed in movement and combinations, I'm sure he'll succceed. I'm a bit worried about the referees on Brittish soil, since the debacle in the stoppage of Takam. Very excited though, and no matter what the result will be, I'm happy to see this one. LET'S GET READY TO RUUUUMMMBLE!! :-)

Champion97's picture

People will strongly disagree, but if you are right, victory will be sweeter, I've called upsets before, and it's great I'll tell you. Parker has the engine, the power, the chin, the consistent experience at this level behind him, he's a very underrated all round fighter, and he has a good chance of winning this!

Gold's picture

I definitely agree that he got handed that stoppage and Joshua looked to be gassing out, but he was dominating the fight. Joshua is coming in 12 lbs lighter than versus Takam, he will certainly have better stamina and speed than versus Takam and Klitschko. Hopefully, it is a great fight though, both guys looked like they are well prepared for it.

martin eden's picture

It’s always difficult to predict how two fighters react toward each other. I have been wrong many times’ in predictions and that’s usually because I’ve valued the wrong factors or abilities. I, for instance, picked Rigondeaux to win over Lomachenko in large part due to Rigo’s reach advantage. In hindsight, this is pretty embarrasing, when the fight turned out as it did. Perhaps this is the case in my view on Joshua - Parker. Most important for me is that it is a good fight!

Champion97's picture

No reason to be embarrassed!
There was reason to think Rigondeaux had a good shot, reach is important in boxing!
Rigondeaux was poorer than I thought he would be, I expected him to give Lomachenko real problems, even have a 6 round lead, and that would have been viewed as a 50/50 fight if nkt the for the age and weight, age is out of anybody's control, but in terms of weight, that was Rigondeaux's fault for making a stupid move.
I was really disappointed by that fight, Rigondeaux's mental struggle of losing grip of his confidence of his own belief of winning, was certainly enough to ruin the fight, his intelligence became a hindrance, he knew he couldn't win, so he retired himself from the fight, was embarrassed, probably felt some minor bruising on the hand and used that as an excuse, but I think the people like Stephen A Smith, and Steve Bunce, these clowns who have never been in the ring and have no idea what these guys go through, there is only so much high ground these big mouth 'experts' can take, and only so much criticism they are in a position to give, but I was disappointed by Rigondeaux, and really, he shouldn't have agreed to go to 130.

martin eden's picture

I agree with you completely! Yeah, I was very disappointed too, but yeah, two-bit experts who've never been in the ring acting out with some kind of rigteous anger is really nauseating! In every fight I try to include what I call the "Braddock-Douglas-factor", where a "lesser" fighter or huge underdog might be successful if he really wants it and is determined to win and just has the night of his life. I mean, NOBODY thought Braddock would beat Baer, nor that Douglas would beat Tyson. One of the most attractive things about boxing is the chance of an upset and the fact that one punch can change the whole scene and turn the tide.

martin eden's picture

I think Parker boxed very well at the beginning, moving around and going to the body. It seemed like he had Joshua out of his game. Unfortunately, Parker didn't step up the tempo in the latter part of the fight and "bull rush" him with combinations, like I thought he would, the way he did against Fury. Joshua dictated the pace and worked comfortably behind the jab, but his right hand was really slow. I think the judges' scorecards were WAY too wide, but that was expected. Parker's work to the body must've gone unnoticed.

Champion97's picture

What a performance from Anthony Joshua!
I really enjoyed this fight, it was tense, it was enthralling, it was dramatic enough, there were positive moments for both, but it was very technical, both were trying to set each other up.
Joshua aimed to point score off the jab reliably, but was always ready to punish Parker for taking chances, he was methodical, and his aggression was sustained at the same time, he made Parker work. Joshua's ability to use his half foot-long reach advantage, was fantastic, Parker would be willing to engage in early exchanges, but Joshua would throw basic straight shots, without being predictable, and in the process, make Parker pay for throwing power shots to the head. I think it might have been in round 8, I'm not sure, but early in one of thr mid-late rounds, Joshua tagged Parker clean with a brilliant lead left hook, with a level of timing, accuracy, which only a certain high calibre fighter can land with.
Parker's movement, mobility early, was fantastic, his movement, ability to make Joshua miss, was great the jab to the body, early, I think Parker was under credited for, it was a good point scorer, and the idea is, from a tactical standpoint, that that shot saps steam out of the opponent and weakens him for later rounds. I thought Parker proved to have an absolute chin of iron, Joshua, at least twice in the late rounds, was thrown off and disorganised after probably thinking he had Parker going, having landed a crushing left hook or right hand. I noticed how well prepared Parker was for that particularly dangerous right uppercut Joshua throws. Although he didn't find much accuracy, never landed any stand out flurries or really hurtful punches, and seriously struggled with the range, Parker's body attacks, in the later rounds, were very good, and for most of the rounds, he was mobile, and active, he never let Joshua find any ease.

I think Joshua clearly won the fight, I think in rounds 2-4, he was initiating most exchanges, he was controlling the pace, he was more comfortable than Parker, and he was edging it. Parker really came on strong in rounds 5-9, landed some good shots, made it hard for Joshua to sustain the upper hand he had taken, landed some very good body shots, but when they both needed to drop the pace slightly in the last few rounds, although there was little in it, and Parker was still competing, it was Joshua, the bigger fighter, the better point scorer, who managed to show the extra adaptability, steal the rounds. I think because when Parker had his best rounds (5-9), he was not so much seeming to take over the fight as much as just matching Joshua, and he still needed the better finish after Joshua had taken the early lead, but because Joshua stole that late success from him, I think it is quite hard to give Joshua anything other than a win, I think the cards were too wide, Parker certainly won more than just the single round, probably won more than two, and I think really, due to how subjective some of the tight rounds were, you could have scored it close. Numbers aside, I think Joshua knew he had certainly won, and Parker, I think was great at accepting defeat, taking it on the chin, and understanding that he'd been defeated.

Anybody who complains about this fight, should stop watching boxing!
Anthony Joshua has beaten Joseph Parker, he deserves a lot of credit!, it is as simple as that!

SalTnutZ1's picture

The only things that disappointed me about the fight were cards that didn't represent how close the fight really was(though I too had Joshua the clear winner) and the ref. Hometown judging is always rough on the opponent though, and Parker knew that going in. I think Hearn insisting that Wilder must come to them is funny though. They can pack the arenas, but can they assure fair judging? I think last night would have people on this side of the pond questioning that. The other part was the referee. Every time the action picked up and the boys got it going inside, the asshat stepped in. The most disruptive referee I can recall in any championship bout. Other than that, good fight, showing new wrinkles, and weaknesses in Joshua's game. I think March was a defining month for the Heavies, and the rest of the year should be very interesting as the division shakes out. Will we get Wilder-Joshua soon, or will we have to wait through Wilder-Whyte and/or Joshua-Povetkin/Fury first?

Champion97's picture

You can't assure fair judging anywhere. The Hearn vs Wilder disputes which are holding up the fight are a case of both sides coming from a place you can understand, in part, it is about whether there is an A-side and if so who is and isn't the A-side. I think the referee who did Klitschko vs Povetkin was even worse, counting for a knockdown, widening the margin when Klitschko had thrown or manhandled Povetkin to the floor, it was a hope for Klitschko that he not be penalised for the roughouse tactics, but I don't think he expected to be awarded the declaration of a knockdown because of it.

Well I think Fury should be left out of the mix at least until he has two good wins. I highly doubt we see Joshua vs Wilder this year, would be great to see it next year, but this year, I think Wilder should fight Whyte or Miller, (I think Miller is better than Whyte, but Whyte, in all fairness, is still decent at any level, and has done more than Miller to earn the shot, so maybe Wilder vs Whyte should be next, and it should be Miller who should take the final eliminator against Pulev) and I think Joshua vs Povetkin should definitely be next. Based on what I saw in th Price fight, and based on what I've seen from him in the past, Povetkin could cause Joshua some problems, but I do not think Povetkin would go beyond 8 rounds.