Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker..

Boxer who lost to both Joshua & Parker as amateurs predicts their fight

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The latest step on the road to unification is just under two weeks away for Anthony Joshua.

Under the watchful eyes of 80,000 fight fans at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on March 31, the 28-year-old will slug it out with Joseph Parker with the IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA (Super) belts all on the line. 

Whoever claims victory in the Welsh capital will only have Deontay Wilder standing in their way to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis.

There's little doubting that Joshua is the favourite going into the bout, yet it won't be easy to call with promotor Eddie Hearn suggesting that the fight will be even harder than a potential Widler clash.

Both fighters are undefeated, both relatively inexperienced and both carried great promise during their time in the amateur ranks.

Frazer Clarke fought Joshua & Parker in the amateurs

And while both fights share a common denominator in Carlos Takam during their time in the professional game, they also share a common advisory from their time as amateurs and that man is Frazer Clarke.

The 26-year-old has resisted turning pro with his sights set on the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and was defeated by both Joshua and Parker back in 2010.

He is, naturally, better positioned than most to call the fight and did so during an interview with BoxingNews back in January. 


Clarke backing Joshua to win by knockout

"I think Joshua wins really convincingly. That"s not bias, that's just honest opinion," he decided.

"I think Joshua takes him out inside four or five rounds. I think it’s an easier fight than [Carlos] Takam, I don’t think he’s as durable. He’s quite good at attacking but I think he’s small for a heavyweight as well.

"I’ve stood next to him at the Hughie Fury fight and weigh in and stuff. I think Joshua is going to tower over him do an absolute job and look good doing it.

“Let me tell you now, there’s having an iron chin and then there’s getting hit by a combination off Anthony Joshua.

"Not one punch, his one-punch, concussive knockout power – he has got that but we haven’t really seen that too often – but what I’m telling you is after Joshua’s hit your four or five times on the chin, it hurts any man in the world, I don’t care who you are. His chin will well and truly be tested let’s put it that way.”

Anthony Joshua v Carlos Takam -  World Heavyweight Title Fight

Clarke should know, he's been hit by the both of them and he believes that even Parker's supposed 'granite chin' will crumble when Joshua lands a clean shot.

Only time will tell how things pan out and the 'Bronze Bomber' will be waiting for whoever takes the win. 

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