Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker
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 im the early rounds, Joshua backs Parker up with the jab, makes Parker fall short with his, and Joshua lands the follow up right hand in round 4.
Parker comes on in the mid rounds, Joshua still pressures Joshua, but in round 5, Parker lands a great right hand flush on the jaw behind a throw away jab. It seems the ref doesn't want the fighters to exchange, frustrates people by unnecessarily breaking them up, Parker works well to the body in the clinches.
Joshua takes over in the late rounds, Parker is still awkward and light on his feet, but Joshua seems the technically superior fighter, as his jab is key in the fight, Joshua lands a great right uppercut in round 11, Parker takes it well.
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".