Joseph Parker discusses being punched by Anthony Joshua

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Speaking ahead of his July 28 showdown with fellow heavyweight Dillian Whyte, New Zealand boxer Joseph Parker has made some interesting claims regarding his recent loss to Anthony Joshua.

The two faced off on the March 31, where 'AJ' rose to a unanimous points victory in front of a mesmerising 80,000 fans in Cardiff.

This was a comfortable, but different type of victory for British boxing's kingpin, as all of his previous 20 fight's had ended in a knockout from Joshua.

Viewers were treated to a different kind of fight, and Parker did noticeably well to contain his counterpart, and prevent him from unleashing some of his superhuman power which has knocked so many opponents out cold in the past. 

When asked about the fight, Parker gave an honest insight to how he felt it panned out, but admitted he did not feel Joshua was the heaviest hitter he had fought in his time.

"I thought it was a great experience being part of this massive event.

"Leading up to the fight we were excited and confident. During the fight I thought everything went well, but now that we have had time to sit down and watch the fight, there are a few things we want to change up and a few things we think we can improve on if we get to fight him in the future," said Parker.

"From the fight that we had in the 12 rounds, there wasn't anything big that caught me so I can't really judge his power, but I have been hit harder by other fighters.

"Probably he would have had to hit me flush to really be able to judge."

Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker -  World Heavyweight Title Fight

While many fans will be shocked to hear this, most viewers of the fight and even AJ fans will admit Joshua was not at his usual best.

However, this was mainly because of the good job Parker did to frustrate his opponent, and stop himself getting knocked out by one of Joshua's brutal punches.

While frustrated with the defeat, Parker will have plenty of positives to take from the fight, which will help him prepare for the highly-anticipated showdown with Whyte at the end of July which fans can watch via Sky Sports Box Office.

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