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Joshua, Parker set for heavyweight world title clash on March 31

Joshua, Parker set for heavyweight world title clash on March 31

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Britain’s Anthony Joshua will put his World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation on the line against Joseph Parker on March 31 in Cardiff
Heavyweight boxing moved closer to having an undisputed world champion after it was announced Sunday that Britain ‘s Anthony Joshua and New Zealand’ s Joseph Parker will meet for a multiple title bout in Cardiff on March 31. Joshua will put his World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation on the line against Parker, the World Boxing Organization champion.
Matchroom Boxing, Joshua ‘s promoters, said the tip would take place at the 74,500 capacity Principality Stadium, best known for staging Wales Rugby Union Internationals. “I would like to announce that I would like to see Joseph Parker at Principality Stadium in Cardiff,” said Joshua. “It’s a heavyweight unification heavyweight championship fight.” I was in a heavyweight championship fighting unification – it was grueling, it was interesting and we both left the ring with masses of respect, “the 28-year-old old added. “These fights are a lot on the line, so I’m looking forward to seeing you, and I’m looking forward to it. ” Joshua, the London 2012 Olympic super-heavyweight champion, unified the WBA and IBF titles with a dramatic and hard-fought win over Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley in April before retaining both belts against Carlos Takam in a late-stoppage win in Cardiff in October. Parker, 26, became the WBO champion in December 2016. He made his debut last year with a majority points win over challenger Hughie Fury, a cousin of world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. Parker’s performance against Fury did not impress some ringside observers. But Parker was adamant his punching power would test Joshua. “Anthony Joshua is in for a huge shock,” he said. I’m worried about this little kid from New Zealand? “Well, now it’s about to find out.” AJ can really take a punch. “My whole existence is now devoted to proving what the boxing world already knows.” Sunday’s announcement concludes with two talks between the two camps. “I’m delighted to get this fight done – it’s been a long time coming,” said Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn. “Champions should fight champions and AJ continue to step up to the challenges.”

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