Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker

Posted March 27, 2018

"People thought I walked out on the New Zealand press but that wasn't the case, I had to make a move and I was willing to return", Joshua said.

"I can tell you that we will be in control of that press conference", the promoter of the WBO champion said.

But Joshua has swiftly undermined the confident mood of past opponents, winning all 20 fights by knockout, and Haye admits that Parker can not fully appreciate the threat posed by AJ until the first bell rings.

If he's known to take a punch, I will have to throw the kitchen sink at him. "That's what I've heard".

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"Every fight has been a learning fight and every camp a learning camp", he explained.

"When I look at heavyweight boxing, you look at [Wladimir] Klitschko and he wanted to be a three-time heavyweight champion of the world, he lost and came back - If I lost, I'd dust myself off and go again".

Parker's task looks a daunting one given Joshua's impressive display to beat Wladimir Klitschko 12 months ago, but he remains positive about his own chances.

The 28-year-old wrote in his column with the Evening Standard: "Tyson Fury has got a lot of people talking recently about the big news he is going to announce but I don't spend any of my time thinking about him".

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These belts are mine.

"Anthony's in great shape, he's looking forward to the fight and he sees it as another step towards being the undisputed champion". I'm here to be part of history, doing it for my team, family and country. We love challenges, we see this as a big challenge which is why I want to fight him.

"I know it's a challenge, Eddie, I'm glad I'm working with Joseph Parker because he's a dream to work with". "I feel ready, I feel confident, I feel sharp".

The New Zealander will have to cope with a patriotic 78,000 crowd when he faces Joshua at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

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Ireland's Ryan Burnett defends his IBF World bantamweight title versus Yonfrez Parejo on the Joshua-Parker undercard this Saturday.