How Anthony Joshua 'baffled' New Zealand TV stations after his public workout

We’re now just two days away from Anthony Joshua versus Joseph Parker.

The two heavyweights will put their respective belts on the line in front of 80,000 spectators at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff in what promises to be an enthralling affair.

Many view the bout as simply the prelude to Joshua versus Deontay Wilder but Parker certainly doesn’t see it that way. He is targeting the Brit’s WBA ‘Super’ and IBF belts.

“I’m young, hungry, fit and strong, I have my speed back. I will show you on Saturday,” Parker said after his public workout on Wednesday.

“I’ve got speed, power, skills and technique, all of the above.”

Joshua also appeared for a workout and the 28-year-old looked in great shape as he prepares for the 21st professional contest of his career.

Yet it wasn’t the shadow boxing or the pad work that really got people talking – but what Joshua did when the workout was completed.

New Zealand TV stations were baffled by AJ

St David’s Hall was packed full of Joshua supporters and the Brit invited some of them into the ring after his workout, before taking the time out to sign autographs and pose for photographers with anyone who wanted one.

It was brilliant to see, and even the New Zealand media, present to watch Parker, were stunned.

“Some of the TV stations from New Zealand are sitting alongside us. I don’t think they can believe what they are seeing here,” Sky Sports’ boxing commentator Adam Smith said on the stream.

Johnny Nelson then added: “They are completely baffled and they’re thinking, ‘wow, this is a different level’.

“They thought Joseph Parker was the man. Now they’re seeing how it’s done. Welcome to the real world.”

Part of Joshua’s appeal comes from his refusal to let the fame and fortune change who he is. He’s still a remarkably humble man, which is incredible to think considering there are rumours the UFC have offered him $500 million.

“He’ll do this all night,” Nelson added as Joshua continued to sign away. “It’s his management, Freddie [Cunningham, Joshua’s manager], or his boys, they’re the ones that say, ‘come on AJ, let’s go’.

“They’re the ones that are pulling him away saying, ‘I’ve had enough of this’, but he’ll do this all night. He’s happy with that.”

It’s easy to root for him.

Sky Sports Box Office will exclusive show the Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker unification fight on 31 March.

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