Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker locked horns during the first press conference for their fight that will take place on 31 March.
Anthony Joshua addressed the claims made by Parker and his promoter David Higgins that he had a ‘Glass jaw’ when the two met. Anthony Joshua warned that it will take “more than a human” to defeat him in advance of their world heavyweight title unification clash.
The first major boxing bout of 2018 will witness the pair putting their belts on the line. Parker, 26, will be putting his WBO belt on the line while Joshua, 28, is defending his WBA and IBF titles in a winner-takes-all fight. The winner claiming rights to all 4 belts, producing currently the most decorated heavy weight boxer.
The New Zealander is assertive his jaw will stand strong to Joshua’s undeniable power during their world heavyweight title unification fight at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
Eddie Hearn responded to Parkers comments stating, “He will be proved wrong by Anthony Joshua after saying he could “smile” at the British heavyweight’s best punches”
Eddie Hearn also confronted Higgins during the press conference over comments about Joshua’s mentality.
“In terms of using it as a PR stunt. The rumours that you have heard, they’re fake news. Hand on my heart. PR, whatever you want to use it for, is between you and your camp.”
Depending on the result of this fight, this could be a major turning point, resulting in the first heavyweight to hold four belts within the same period. If Anthony Joshua was to win, then he will face the victor of the fight between Deontay Wilder and Luiz Ortiz. The result, a world championship fight with a total of five belts on the line. Consequently, producing the undisputed champion.
If Joshua was to win, we could see the heavyweight division dominated by British athletes.
Tyson Fury is likely to return, Joe Joyce is in the maturing stages, and Daniel Dubois will a credible contender ready to challenge in a couple of years.