Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker CONFIRMED: Joshua reveals details for unification fight

Confirmed: Anthony Joshua Will Face Joseph Parker On 31st March

Joshua unified the WBA and IBF titles with his famous win over Wladimir Klitschko last April, before subsequently battling out a late stoppage win over Takam in Cardiff in October.

Parker said: "Anthony Joshua is in for a huge shock".

"I'm delighted to get this fight made - it's been a long time coming", Hearn said. "Champions should fight Champions and AJ continues to step up to the challenges. This is another huge unification fight for Anthony as he continues to make history in the quest to become undisputed World heavyweight champion".

A seemingly unimpressed Joshua told Sky Sports: "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".

"It is a unification Heavyweight championship fight, we all know what happened last time I was in a unification Heavyweight championship fight, it was gruelling, it was interesting and we both left the ring with masses of respect", Joshua said. Joshua is 20-0 and Parker 24-0.


Negotiations have been taking place between the two camps for several months, with Parker's representative, David Higgins flying to the United Kingdom last week to finalise the deal. In his most recent fight, last September, he overcame Tyson Fury's cousin, Hughie Fury, via unconvincing majority decision at the Manchester Arena. Parker has since defended his title twice, firstly against Razvan Cojanu in May of 2017 securing a unanimous points verdict.

"All I'm focused on is being in great shape, training hard and doing my best to knock him out and catch his glass jaw", Parker said.

"He thinks he's got me physically - he may be big, he may be strong with all these muscles, but muscles aren't going to help you in the fight apart from power". He's consistently fought fighters in the world's top ten and he's beaten them all easily. But Parker pledged to end Joshua's unbeaten record by putting him flat on the canvas.

"The stadium and Cardiff always come together to put on a fantastic show".

Matchroom's official Twitter account posted a message to say that dates for tickets are to be released soon along with price and travel packages.

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