Joshua vs Parker: Anthony Joshua sends knockout warning to Deontay Wilder after points win
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 01/04/18 1:24pm
Anthony Joshua vowed to "spark out" the last remaining world champion Deontay Wilder after defeating Joseph Parker on points in their unification clash.
The British star took the WBO belt from Parker, adding it to his WBA 'super' and IBF titles, after he went the distance for the first time in a wide unanimous decision victory at the Principality Stadium.
Joshua hopes a deal could be reached to bring WBC king Wilder to Britain and vowed to become undisputed champion with an explosive knockout.
He told Sky Sports Box Office: "I take these chances. You know the old saying, 'No risk, no reward.' We'll see what happens, late 2018.
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Asked about making his American debut, Joshua added: "No, all these years, the UK fighters had to go to America, everyone had to spend a heap of money to go to Vegas. We can do it in London, Wembley, Cardiff - it's local. We're staying right here.
"Wilder, or [Tyson] Fury. Either one. What would I have to do to beat Wilder? Get him in the ring and I knock him spark out."
What would I have to do to beat Wilder? Get him in the ring and I knock him spark out.
The unbeaten 28-year-old's run of 20 knockouts was ended by Parker, who justified his reputation for toughness, but Joshua believes he displayed his superior boxing skills over 12 rounds.
"My strategy in there was stick behind the jab," he said. "It's one of the most important weapons. The old saying is the right hand can take you around the block, but a good jab will take you around the world, and that secured another world championship belt.
"I was switched on. I was focused and 12 rounds baby. I thought it was hard. Light work.
"Forget the hype, Joseph Parker is a world champion, so I knew he was going to be determined. But sometimes this does become a boxing match, not a fight.
"Joseph Parker stated this would be a war. I stated this would be boxing finesse, and I stuck to my word and I controlled behind the jab, the counter punches.
"The main thing we cannot forget - I am the unified heavyweight champion of the world."