We have an epic showdown between Heavyweights Anthony Joshua (20-0; 20KO) and Joseph Parker (24-0; 18KO). The fight will be taken place at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
Born: 1989-10-15 / age 28
Height: 6′ 6″ / 198cm
Reach: 82″ / 208cm
Pro record: 20W(20KO) / 0L
Anthony Joshua is continuing his path towards becoming undisputed in the Heavyweight division. In this fight, If he dominates Joseph Parker, he clearly solidifies himself as the number one guy in the Heavyweight division.
Joshua only really had two people test him as a pro. The first was Dillian Whyte in 2015, where Whyte pushed Joshua to the seventh round. It was the first time Joshua got his gas tank tested. The second, was against Wladimir Klitschko last April. A true test for Joshua, he ended up rallying and stopping Klitschko in the 11th round in an amazing fashion.
For this fight against Parker, the only concern I have of AJ is his weight and how it affects his performance in the ring. Against Klitschko, he looked very good, very lean, very sharp, the best we have seen him. When he faced Carlos Takam, he looked bulky, heavy, and a bit sluggish. He will need to have good cardio against Parker if he is willing to box efficiently and effectively for potentially 12 rounds.
AJ being the taller and longer fighter, he will need to keep his distance and keep Parker at the end of his jab. AJ needs to exercise a bit of patience but still be aggressive when he needs to. By making effective use of his movements as well as his superior counter punching ability he can attain victory.
Born: 1992-01-09 / age 26
Height: 6′ 4″ / 193cm
Reach: 76″ / 193cm
Pro record: 24W(18KO) / 0L
Everyone thinks AJ’s going to smash Parker down by the 4th/5th round.
Parker is going to look better than he’s ever been, in a long time.
The reason I say this, is because Parker has been hurt in his last three fights. He has been struggling through nagging injuries – in fact he had surgery on both elbows last November to correct long-standing injuries.
On top of that in the past, Parker always weighed between 240lbs to 250lbs. He was always slow and sluggish, and that’s mainly because of his health issues. Coming into this fight, he should be looking a lot better that we’d ever seen him.
Parker may have an height and reach disadvantage against AJ however, He fought several tall oppositions: Hughie Fury (6 ft 6 in), Alexander Dimitrenko (6 ft 7 in), Răzvan Cojanu (6 ft 8 in). That’s not to say any of those fighters are at the skill level of Anthony Joshua. It was very very great preparation for now Joseph Parker against AJ.
Parker needs to constantly apply pressure against AJ. As I stated earlier, Aj’s Achilles heel may be his cardio. However, Parker absolutely cannot get into a slugfest with Aj. That is a death sentence for Parker. When AJ fought Klitschko, even though Klitschko tried to bring it to AJ, AJ still have the bigger punches, and knocked down Klitschko. Parker does not have the high-power to be able to stand and trade against AJ.
This should not be too much of a concern for Parker, as he likes to move in angles, moves laterally and applies his footwork well. He utilizes his combinations and goes to the body proficiently, and he has shown to have a good chin.
A lot of people think this is going to be a pushover of a fight. I am not convinced myself. I think this is going to be a quality heavyweight battle.
I have Anthony Joshua winning via 12 rounds decision.
Side note: If Parker comes in weighing 245lb and over, my bet is on AJ to close this fight within 6 rounds. If Parker shows up between 235lbs to 240lbs, we have a fight here ladies and gentlemen.
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Author: Allan Blackett