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Anthony Joshua compares the styles of Joseph Parker and Deontay Wilder

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In just under two weeks, Anthony Joshua will take to the ring putting his unblemished record on the line against New Zealander Joseph Parker.

In the buildup to the fight, Joshua has been full of respect for his also unbeaten opponent, while taking a dig at a rival who has called out Joshua on many occasions.

When asked to describe the fighting styles of Parker and Deontay Wilder, the differences are clear as day according to Joshua.

"Parker is more clinical, Wilder throws windmills," Joshua told Sky Sports.

"When he throws his shots with a left and a right, if the left don't hit you, the right catches you as you are moving in and knocks the majority of his opponents out."

Joshua explained that Parker and himself share similarly diverse spiritual backgrounds on their pathway to boxing glory.

Despite being born and bred in New Zealand, Parker's parents are originally from the island nation of Samoa.

Meanwhile, Joshua's mother was born in Nigeria, while his British father had origins in Nigeria and Ireland.

Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker - Press Conference

"His upbringing, you know spiritual people, solid people, same as my family, spiritual,
solid, born in Africa.

"Came here for a better future, so I know how that goes, and struggled, so I know how that goes.

Joshua also was open in his gratitude to the 26-year-old, for taking on the fight, and knows he is in for one hell of a battle.

"He has worked hard, and that's why I see him as one of the lions in the jungle.

"There is a lot of underlying desire in myself and him as well, I'm sure, and that's why I see that lion in him.

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"He wants to fight and get it on. He's a champion and no-one gets to this point for no reason."

In terms of a head-to-head standpoint, while Parker boasts an unbeaten record - 24-0 (18 by KO), - he has had to spend almost double the length of time in the ring than his opponent (125-63 rounds).

The 26-year-old from New Zealand has also had to go the distance in his last three fights against Andy Ruiz, Razvan Cojanu and Hughie Fury.

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On the March 31 in Cardiff, expect a war of attrition as two of the greatest modern-day heavyweights go toe-to-toe.

For fight fans all over the globe, it will be essential viewing.

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