Joshua vs Parker: Anthony Joshua rules out post-fight handshake for Joseph Parker
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 17/01/18 1:32pm
Anthony Joshua says he will command the respect of Joseph Parker after inflicting a punishing defeat on the New Zealander, but insists there will not be a post-fight handshake.
The WBA 'super' and IBF champion has been angered by a verbal attack from Parker and his promotional team ahead of his heavyweight unification clash with the WBO title holder at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on March 31, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Joshua-Parker on Box Office
Anthony Joshua faces Joseph Parker in unification fight live on Sky Sports Box Office
Joshua suggests that Parker does not deserve to be mentioned alongside other champion sportsmen and will not offer a gesture of appreciation after he delivers a first humbling loss to the 26-year-old.
Asked about Parker's pre-fight comments, Joshua exclusively told Sky Sports: "I haven't seen them all, but I've heard some of them.
"In sports you've got the likes of Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, [Lionel] Messi, LeBron James, and then you've got people like Joseph Parker, so he's not a respectable type of person, he can't control himself.
He'll be respectful after I whoop him. He might try to shake my hand. I won't shake his hand though.
"But that's just how it is. You've got to accept people for who they are. If that's how he wants to plan his shot, we let him crack on.
"He'll be respectful after I whoop him. He might try to shake my hand. I won't shake his hand though."
Parker has questioned the punch resistance of Joshua, who was floored for the first time in his professional career in the Wembley win over Wladimir Klitschko, even ending his own tweets with the mocking hashtag of 'never been dropped.'
But Joshua is paying little attention to talk of Parker's renowned chin as he will instead attempt to break down the Kiwi with the same sustained body assault that grinded down the resistance of Carlos Takam in October.
"I'm going to smash him up to the body," said Joshua. "What slowed [Carlos] Takam down is when I started punching him to the stomach.
"Jab to the stomach, right hand to the stomach. If someone has got a strong head, you hit them to the body. It's quite simple so if Parker's got a granite chin, I'll weaken his body down."