Reliving what Anthony Joshua said after fighting both Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker

Dillian Whyte Press Conference

It's just a matter of days until Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker face off against each other in an unmissable fight at the 02 Arena.

Parker is still recovering from the loss of his WBO crown earlier this year, and faces an in-form Whyte who is looking to add to a string of recent victories.

Both fighters know a victory will take them closer to the chance to fight for a world title fight, and a possible rematch against Joshua.

The former Olympic champion has proved somewhat of an Achilles heel for the two opponents, with Joshua still the solitary defeat on bout of their records.

And despite their failure to overcome him, it seems AJ still holds both in high esteem.

After a seven-round triumph over him in December 2015, Joshua claimed that Whyte was 'the perfect fight for this stage', and it was a victory that assured the British heavyweight title.

Whyte has admitted that his sole defeat has massively changed his career in the past few years, speaking of the impossibility of matching 'golden goose' Anthony Joshua.

After defeating Whyte, Joshua said: "Dillian was a perfect fight for this stage.

"I’m going to keep on building and building until I make my mark in this heavyweight division.

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"I found my way, found my rhythm. I had the same power that I had in the first round in the eighth. I learnt stuff about myself and I can take that into 2016.”

Much alike his analysis of the Whyte clash, Joshua focused on the importance of his jab, but was similarly complimentary of his opponent, describing him as 'a good world champion' in the aftermath of the March fight.

In both instances, Joshua's post-match comments commanded huge respect for both men, who he clearly assumes to be established heavyweight names, 'they're both world championship fighters', he said this week.

However, speaking to Sky Sports earlier this week, Joshua described how he was able to 'box clever' in his fight with Parker. The New Zealander was able to take Joshua to a points decision, only because of the latter's refusal to take risks ahead of the Wilder fight.

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Speaking after the Parker fight, AJ said: “I was always going to stick behind the jab, one of the most important weapons in boxing, and kept the right hand up.

"This is boxing. It’s what we do. Forget the hype.

"Joseph Parker is a good world champion. As I said before, this would be about boxing. The main thing now is I am the unified heavyweight champion of the world.”

AJ is backing fellow British champion Whyte to seize victory by knockout, urging him to go into the contest 'all guns blazing', trying for an early knockout.

Dillian Whyte Press Conference

Joshua also remarked how Whyte 'hurt him' in the second round, compared to Parker not being able to 'land many shots' in their fight.

If the voice of perhaps boxing's biggest name is to be believed, then a close and intriguing fight could be edged by British star Whyte - a result that would likely see a rematch with Joshua.

Regardless of his opinions, it will be the fighting that does the talking when the two face off in the ring on Saturday night.

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