Current WBA, IBF, and IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is currently scheduled to defend his heavyweight throne against WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker on March 31st from the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
If Joshua is able to get past Parker, his promoter Eddie Hearn claims that he'd like to take the next step and make a unification bout with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder next. This is the heavyweight fight boxing fans have been waiting for, and for quite some time.
His main reason for wanting the fight against Wilder next is because he saw how Luis Ortiz hurt the American in his last outing. He wants Joshua to be the first man to beat Wilder inside the ring before anyone else does first.
With it seeming like Joshua and his camp are forgoing their fight against Parker as a guaranteed win, focusing on the next step in Wilder instead, Parker was asked if he feels he's being overlooked by Joshua and his camp (quotes via Boxing Scene):
"I think it seems like they are overlooking me but they must be confident in what they can do. They probably don't know what we are going to come in and do in the fight.
"I think if I stay focused on what we have to do and stay healthy and fit, I don't have worry about opinions of other people," he explained.
Hearn has been doing a lot of the talking for Joshua as of late, and Parker has taken notice. He believes this is because Joshua is focused as he knows Parker won't be an easy win like everyone is making him out to be:
"I think he is just focused. He is just putting his head down and focusing on what he has to do.
"People are saying he has already dropped some weight so it seems like he is putting in the work and doing the best he can to prepare for the 31st of March," Parker told BoxingScene.com.
"I think that maybe being lighter works for him. He has been a bit heavy the last few fights.
"Whatever he does is up to him but I know that I am going to come in light and come in fast and show a lot more than what I did the last two fights," said Parker.
What are your thoughts on Parker saying he's going to come out 'light and fast' against Joshua when they share the squared circle? Do you think that Parker will be Joshua's toughest test yet inside the ring? And what are the chances that Parker hands Joshua his first loss of his professional boxing career? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!
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