The hype in boxing, yet again, is around Anthony Joshua, as he prepares to challenge reigning WBO champ Joseph Parker, who was pleased to see Joshua tip the scales at his lightest weight since 2014.
The WBO champion is the lighter man by six pounds, but Joshua’s weight loss means the Kiwi will not have as much of a speed advantage as he was hoping for.
Joshua is the lightest he has been since his tenth professional fight, and Parker believes the weight loss proves the Brit is taking him seriously.
“Us being close in weight makes me think he is taking it seriously,” Parker told Sky Sports, per the Metro.
“We are similar, we will both be fast tomorrow and throwing bombs. I saw he is confident, I’m expecting a really good fight.
“The first few rounds could go either way, depends who follows their game plan better – I’m ready for anything.
“I’m here for war, you’ll have to do everything to beat me.”
Well, as the saying goes, it’s time to put up or shut up.
The champion has demanded the challenger give him his best, and given Joshua’s record, it can be assured that Parker will get nothing less than one of the toughest fights of his career.
Parker will be six pounds lighter than Joshua as he aims to execute a game plan to tire his rival out before going for a late stoppage.
Joshua is the heavy favourite going into the contest, and can add the WBO title to his world title collection by beating Parker in Cardiff.
Not to mention another win would propel Joshua to an even higher rank as probably the best boxer in the world today.