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Joshua eyes Parker’s WBO title

Last updated: March 29, 2018 by Leon Marshal

Anthony Joshua will this weekend try and add the WBO title to the WBA and IBF titles he already holds. Standing in his way is New Zealander Joseph Parker. This highly anticipated fight means one fighter will lose their 100% record, will it be Joshua or Parker?

On Saturday night at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, England’s Anthony Joshua takes on Kiwi Joseph Parker. At stake are the WBO, WBA and IBF titles, opening up the possibility of a future clash to unify the heavyweight division, with the winner of the fight expected to face Deontay Wilder who holds the fourth belt in the heavyweight division.

Anthony Joshua relaxing

Joshua facing difficult fight

Anthony Joshua is likely to face the toughest fight in his 20-fight professional career. The Watford born heavyweight has beaten each and every fighter he has faced by way of knockout. But despite an unblemished record there has been speculation that Joshua has a glass chin. A quick search on Google will unearth alleged footage of Joshua being floored and we saw ourselves in Joshua’s fight against Wladimir Klitschko that the 28-year-old is not invincible.

And whilst Parker may well be the underdog, his trainer Kevin Barry states that he and Parker always knew that Joshua would be an eventual opponent and they have been planning for two years for this fight. However, Parker’s last fight caused quite a lot of controversy when pitched against Hughie Fury.

Many expected the then unbeaten Fury (cousin of Tyson Fury) to beat Parker comfortably, but Parker won by points on a majority decision. The judges scorecard enraged the Fury camp when it was revealed that two judges had scored the bout identically at 118-110 in favour of Parker and the third judge scored the fight as a draw. This led to Promoter Mick Hennessy saying the decision was an example of corruption in boxing at its finest and said he would be appealing the decision.

A golden age for British boxing

Not since the days of Frank Bruno, Chris Eubank, Barry McGuigan and Nigel Benn has there been so much British interest in the sport of boxing. Boxing is experiencing a resurgence on our shores and much of that can be attributed to the high quality of British boxers that we have.

Ricky Burns, David Haye, Chris Eubank Junior, Scott Quigg, Nathan Cleverly, Anthony Crolla, Kell Brook, George Groves, Lee Selby, Amir Khan, Billy Joe Saunders, Tony Bellew, Carl Frampton and James DeGale are just some of the many names of the British fighters over the last few years. If Joshua can beat Parker and then win the last remaining heavyweight belt, he would be the first to achieve the feat and really put British boxing in the record books permanently.

The fight undercard

Whilst most of the attention will of course be focused on the headline fight between Joshua and Parker it is certainly worth mentioning the undercard fights and perhaps one of the most bizarre scheduled fights is between Alexander Povetkin and Britain’s David Price. David Price has been beaten on four occasions and in three of these instances the boxer who beat him went on to fail a drugs test. So, his opponent? None other than Alexander Povetkin. Povetkin has a history of failing drug tests with planned fights against Deontay Wilder and Bermane Stiverne having to be cancelled after the 38-year-old failed tests. Maybe it’s time for David Price’s promoter to be tested as well!

Joseph Parker with a belt

Joshua v Parker betting at a glance

Bookies latest odds: Anthony Joshua to win 1/8. Joseph Parker to win 11/2.

There is little doubt that Anthony Joshua is a firm favourite to win this clash with the odds on a Parker victory @11/2 seeming very generous for an unbeaten fighter. If you fancy Parker to win then predicting the round would be very lucrative with the minimum odds of picking the round of defeat set at 66/1, fancy an early or late victory (rounds 1,2,10,11 or 12) and these odds shoot up to 80/1.

With Joshua, the bookies think a round 6 win is on the cards @8/1 with the least likely rounds being round 1 @ 16/1, round 2 @12/1, round 10 @14/1, round 11 @ 18/1 and round 12 @ 22/1. Personally, I quite fancy Joshua to win in the 9th @ 11/1 with a bet on Anthony to win in rounds 7-9 @ 3/1 as my insurance bet.