Anthony Joshua explains how Joseph Parker is starting to 'confuse' him

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With the year drawing to a close, the boxing world awaits what is expected to be a hectic 2018 for the sport.

The primary focus of the chaos is on the heavyweight division, with the likes of Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and Joseph Parker expected to meet in several huge mega-fights throughout the year.

The one that currently looks closest to being made is between Joshua and Parker, with the former keen on stripping the New Zealander of his WBO championship belt as he tries to unify the division.

It will, of course, be a big test of Joshua's credentials, but it is a bout which he will arrive in as the overwhelming favourite with the bookies.

After his 11th round victory over Wladimir Klitschko back in April, AJ will arrive in pretty much every fight in the same manner now.

However, that doesn't mean the 2012 Olympic champion is still not concerned about certain aspects of his opponent and he has pointed out one side of Parker's game that he is aware could get to him.

"Parker, I don't know, it's unpredictable, because from a fighting perspective, I know I can beat him. But he's now trying to challenge me mentally, the things he's saying, the way he's acting, this is out of character," Joshua told Stuff.

"So I have to reassess Parker. I don't get where he's got this lease of confidence, I just don't get it but I'm going to have to assess Parker because he's not going to trouble me physically, he's trying to get to me mentally.

"I have to keep my cool and not get involved in any trash talking."

Anthony Joshua v Carlos Takam -  World Heavyweight Title Fight

It is a tactic Parker has clearly been trying to utilise ever since talks of a fight between the two begun.

It all really started when the New Zealander took part in a press conference calling the British fighter out, with his team creating a video of the number of times Joshua has been knocked down in his career.

He's continued to throw verbal bombs at AJ but so far, there's been little retaliation.

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