Anthony Joshua fires warning to heavyweight rival Joshua Parker

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Anthony Joshua has responded to the speculation surrounding a potential fight with heavyweight rival Joshua Parker, by claiming the two will face-off 'sooner rather than later'.

Joshua, who is the current British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion, has been linked with a number of high profile names within boxing after his spectacular seventh round knock-out of bitter rival Dillian Whyte in his last outing.

In knocking Whyte out, Joshua maintained his 100% knock-out percentage as a professional boxer, a streak which now stands at 15 consecutive fights.


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New Zealander Parker however also boasts a very impressive record, having also won all of his first 18 professional fights, 16 of which were by knock-out.

With confusion still surrounding the fates and next opponents of fellow heavyweights Deontay Wilder, and newly returned David Haye, a fight between the two is now looking ever more likely.

"If he wants it, he can come and fight me. No problem," said Joshua of a potential bout, speaking to iFL TV, as reported by Sky Sports. "I've know Parker since probably 2009. When I was coming up through the amateurs he was an amateur, and remember we are at the same level as pros".

"Styles make fights, he's knocking guys out over in New Zealand, I'm knocking out guys in the UK and when we come together someone is going to get knocked out. That's just two heavy handed, fast, young prospects coming through the division".

"Cream always rises to the top. It's a bit unbalanced at the minute, we've got champions, ex-champions, [David] Haye wants to fight me - he should be focusing on [Tyson] Fury and Charles Martin - and it's all a bit up and down."

"I think sooner rather than later it will all balance out and that's why me and Parker will be a good fight at some stage. Sooner rather than later".

"Then we can see who is going to dominate the heavyweight division".

Joshua is expected to announce his next opponent by the end of the week, with many still tentatively hoping for a British super-fight between him and former two-weight world champion David Haye.

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