Joshua vs Parker: Heavyweight world champions collide in unification clash at Cardiff
Last Updated: 27/03/18 8:28am
Anthony Joshua can take a big step towards becoming the undisputed world heavyweight champion when he battles Joseph Parker at the Principality Stadium.
What to expect?
The British star already holds the WBA 'super' and IBF titles, and intends to rip the WBO belt from Parker in a massive unification clash in front of 78,000 fans in Cardiff this Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
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But the New Zealander has questioned Joshua's punch resistance, pointing out that he has never been floored in his own boxing career.
Joshua and Parker each pack plenty of knockout power, with 38 knockouts between them, and are expected to produce an explosive encounter.
What is at stake?
Along with three major world titles, both champions also hold proud unbeaten records, and will not want to suffer a first humbling defeat in front of a huge audience.
Joshua is eager to secure a clash with WBC king Deontay Wilder, the only other remaining title holder, but cannot afford to look past Parker.
The Kiwi is determined to prove himself as the rightful ruler of the division in the biggest fight of his life.
Who has said what?
A restrained rivalry has been replaced by genuine dislike in recent weeks with Parker questioning the conduct of his fellow champion.
It's his decision but it's disrespectful. They've travelled a long way to see [Joshua], and they respect him.
Parker has told Joshua to be "more respectful" after he was accused of snubbing the New Zealand and Samoa based media.
What to watch out for?
The two men should be far less cordial when they are reunited at Tuesday's press conference, while Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn has been relishing another war of words with Parker's outspoken promoter David Higgins.
There should be extra scrutiny at the weigh-in with Joshua vowing to come in lighter after scaling a career-heaviest weight for his last title defence.
Parker has promised to be leaner and more athletic himself and his usual cool, calm composure will be tested as the fight draws closer.
How many will be watching?
A sold-out attendance is expected at the Principality Stadium, together with a worldwide televised audience.
American television network Showtime will be showing the fight to set the scene for a possible clash with Wilder.
Potential rivals and big-name celebrities are expected to join the crowd in Cardiff to see if Joshua can boost his profile as a global star.
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