Anthony Joshua confirms heavyweight showdown against Joseph Parker at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on March 31: 'These fights aren't easy because there is a lot on the line'
14 January, 2018, 20:33
Joshua has fought just once since beating the now retired Wladimir Klitschko, which came in a 10th-round stoppage of Frenchman Carlos Takam in October a year ago - also in Cardiff - having been originally slated to face Kubrat Pulev only for injury to prevent the Bulgarian from competing.
Joshua won the IBF title by beating Charles Martin in 2016 and then stopped Wladimir Klitschko to add the WBA title in an epic encounter at Wembley Stadium last April.
Higgins suggested Joshua has been down multiple times, while Hearn insisted his fighter was a level above - and the pair were in fine form in front of the cameras.
Joshua said the best way to earn Parker's respect will be to beat him at the Principality Stadium. "Champions should fight Champions and AJ continues to step up to the challenges".
Joshua said he always knew the fight was coming as both boxers continue their quest to become the first undisputed heavweight champion of the world since Lennox Lewis in 1999.
"These fights aren't easy, cause there's a lot on the line, so respect to Team Parker for taking the challenge. Training camp is underway and before you know, 31 March will be upon us".
"We all know what happened last time I was in a unification fight".
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Joshua has a perferct record, winning all his 20 fights inside the distance.
This week, Eddie Hearn - Joshua's promoter - confirmed that a deal was close to being signed off, with Parker's representative David Higgins having flown to the United Kingdom for talks. In his most recent fight, last September, he overcame Tyson Fury's cousin, Hughie Fury, via unconvincing majority decision at the Manchester Arena.
Joseph Parker has done things the hard way from New Zealand to get to this point and won't be willing to give up his WBO title without one hell of a blood bath.
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"New Zealand might be a tiny country on the other side of the world but it has a hugely proud sporting tradition - and a particularly strong tradition when it comes to whipping mother England". He's consistently fought fighters in the world's top ten and he's beaten them all easily. This is when it actually makes sense to have multiple world titles when they come together and are put on the line. "2018 is set to be yet another exciting chapter in the stadium's illustrious history!"
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