British boxer and unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has an interesting message for the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) heavyweight champion Joseph Parker’s mother.
Joshua, who currently holds the International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Association (WBA), and International Boxing Organisation (IBO) titles, will face Parker in a unification bout on March 31, 2018 at Cardiff's Principality Stadium in Wales.
At the same venue the 28-year-old Joshua successfully defended his titles against the 37-year-old French boxer Carlos Takam on October 28 last year.
The bout is expected to be one of the most anticipated fights of the year, as both Joshua and the 26-year-old Parker are yet to lose in a professional boxing match in 20 and 24 bouts respectively.
Both boxer were presented to the media last week, where as expected, the quality of talk was not that great.
Joshua isn't known to trash talk, and that was highly evident during the press conference, and despite being all talk in the build-up of the fight, Parker's team were relatively respectful and quiet as well.
Following that, Parker’s mother Sala made an interesting comment while talking to the Newshub that she found the Britain’s boxer muscular image ‘scary’, which makes her nervous ahead of her son's "dangerous fight".
Responding to that, the Watford-born Joshua had an attention-grabbing reply for Parker’s mother and his family, which he revealed while talking to the Stuff in New Zealand.
“I’ll put Parker in my prayers that he leaves the ring in good health, and he goes back to New Zealand and his family in good health,” said Joshua.
“So that’s the least I can do for his family.”
He added: “A mother’s love is unconditional so I respect that. But we’ve both got a job to do and we both want to be victorious, so tell his mum not to worry – I hope he leaves the ring in safe condition.”
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