The clock is ticking down to the 21st fight of Anthony Joshua’s professional career.
On March 31 he will go head to head against New Zealand’s Joseph Parker at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, five months after defeating Carlos Takam at the same venue.
Joshua is the firm favourite to win the bout - he’s currently priced at 1/8 with most bookmakers - with Parker priced at 6/1 to spring a huge shock.
Ahead of the event, Joshua has warned Parker to expect a ‘punishing fight’.
"I can't tell you exactly how the fight will go, but we're big, we're strong, and the punches do hurt after a while," he told Sky Sports News.
"I definitely know there'll be blood. There will definitely be blood, and the thing is - you can definitely hear the leather, cracking on people's heads, if you're close enough as well, and we're both fast.
"You'll see really good combinations that you don't really see from heavyweights."
Footage emerges from his public workout
Joshua took part in a public workout today and you can watch the footage of his explosive pad work with trainer Rob McCracken here…
Aside from being amazed by his devastating power, boxing fans have also noticed that he’s looking significantly lighter.
Here are just some of the comments from boxing fans…
His weight has been a talking point in recent weeks
Joshua recently refused to confirm suggestions that he will weigh-in notably lighter against Parker.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has suggested that he might shed weight for the upcoming world title unification fight.
Joshua, who weighed in at 18s 2lbs against Takam, was quoted by Sky Sports as saying: “I’m not going to say because, last time I said that, I came in at my career-heaviest.
“I’m not going to jinx it. Whether I’m bigger than I was for Takam, or lighter than I was for Dominic Breazeale, I will make sure I am victorious.
”I think stretching is important. Because I’m already a big guy I can tense up, naturally. I tend to do a lot more stretching now, to keep my body loose. I’m not snacking as much, which is something heavyweights can do," he added.
Hearn added: “I can’t see [Joshua] coming in more than 17st 8lbs or 17st 9lbs, which would be half-a-stone lighter than the last fight. Maybe he will be even lighter.”
Judging by today’s footage, it seems he is.
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