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Frank Bruno offer valuable advice to Anthony Joshua ahead of Joseph Parker showdown

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One of the most highly anticipated boxing matches of the year between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff is getting ever closer.

As with any major fight, everyone turns to former champions to find out what they think will happen and given this is a heavyweight unification clash, the stakes are even higher this time around.

British boxing legend Frank Bruno has cast his eye over the upcoming bout and offered Joshua some key tactical advice that could be crucial if he is to inflict the first defeat of Parker's career.

He believes the WBA [Super], IBO and IBF heavyweight champion will dominate the fight but can make it look even easier if he can fully utilise his key strengths.

“Anthony Joshua has got the size, the power, and the skill - and Parker is a guy who comes to him all the time," Bruno told Sky Sports.

“If Anthony Joshua moves around and uses his reach and his power, he should make it, not an easy fight, but make it easier for himself.

“If he is going to get macho and start wanting to tear up with him, then Parker is a very dangerous guy, very fit, and he is on you all the time.

“Joshua has a lot of skill, a lot of size, a lot of power. If he just relaxes and uses Parker to come in, it is as simple as that.”

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Praising the work ethic and discipline of Joshua, Bruno wants the 28-year-old champion to remain focused and relaxed before taking the ring against a formidable opponent such as Parker.

“He is a good guy Anthony Joshua. A very, very focused guy. He is on his game - he goes to the gym and he trains very hard,” Bruno continued.

“His feet are on the ground and he deserves everything he gets.

“I think just take one step at a time because Parker is not a mug. He is a very tough guy and he comes to fight.”

Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker - Press Conference

A self-confessed ‘AJ’ fan, Bruno also admitted Tyson Fury could rival Joshua despite his two-year absence from the boxing scene.

He concluded: “Tyson Fury is a much better fighter than a lot of people give him credit for.

“Sometimes he talks a little bit hibbery-gibbery here and there. If he can put the hibbery-gibbery in a box and stick to his boxing, he is a very good boxer. Turns southpaw, turns orthodox - very good fighter.

“He would give Anthony Joshua a good run for his money but I am an Anthony Joshua fan. I like his style, I like his hunger and his focus."

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