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​Anthony Joshua ​faces Joseph Parker in March​

​Anthony Joshua ​faces Joseph Parker in March​

​The long-awaited unification clash between u​nde​​feated world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, ​and ​New Zealand’s Joseph Parker ​has finally been scheduled to hold​ in Cardiff on March 31​.

​Nigerian-born ​Joshua, who holds the World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) belts will fight Parker​ ​who is the ​World Boxing Organization (WBO) champion​.​

​Principality stadium – where Joshua successfully defended his titles against Carlos Takam in October – will host the bout​ and the ​28​-year old​ says he hopes to take another step towards becoming the undisputed world​ ​heavyweight champion.

“I like to fight. It’s like one step closer to adding a strap to my legacy. It’s my main objective, and it’s showing I’m never shy of a competition,” said Joshua.

“He’s (Parker) a respectable competitor, he is the WBO heavyweight champion of the world, so it’s like one step closer to adding a strap to my legacy.

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“That’s what makes it exciting.”

​26-year-old ​Parker who is also undefeated, vowed to rip away Joshua’s two world titles by racking up his 25th straight victory.

“Anthony Joshua is in for a huge shock,” Parker ​boasted.​

“A couple of months ago I heard him say ‘why should I be worried about this little kid from New Zealand’?

“Well, now he’s about to find out. The world is about to find out whether AJ can really take a punch. My entire existence is now devoted to proving what the boxing world already knows.”

Whoever wins in March is certain to th​​en face undefeated American Deontay Wilder, who holds the fourth belt in the heavyweight division.

​​No boxer has held all four heavyweight belts simultaneously.

 

 

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