After weeks and weeks of talking, the heavyweight world title unification fight has now been signed and will see the IBF, WBA and IBO champion Anthony Joshua will face WBO champion, Joseph Parker. The chosen destination for this mouthwatering blockbuster unification fight is the Principality in Cardiff. The Welsh capital will host this first of a kind fight, as this will be the first time in UK boxing history that two undefeated heavyweights will try and unify the division on UK shores. The Millennium Stadium will be a complete sellout, with 80,000 packed in to watch what will be one of the fights of 2018.
In April last year, Anthony Joshua sold out Wembley Stadium when he boxed the legendary Wladimir Klitschko in front of a British record 90,000 fans. Ever since turning professional the hype around Anthony Joshua has been through the roof, as he was knocking people out for fun. The questions were always being asked how much heart and could AJ take a shot? On April the 29th all those questions were in factly answered. Joshua picked himself off the canvas to stop the former unified champion in the 11th round, to catapult himself into sporting stardom by claiming the WBA and IBO world titles to add to his IBF title. After one of the fights of 2017, Anothy Joshua would have a mandatory appointment to take care of, at first, this was Kubrat Pulev. After selling out Wembley arena fights were out of the question for Joshua fights, so Eddie Hearn and Matchroom took the Anthony Joshua juggernaut to the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff. Have way through camp Pulev was unfortunately injured, with 80,000 tickets sold cancelling the show wasn’t an option, and the IBO stepped in and made Carlos Takam the new mandatory challenger for Joshua’s crown. Takam proved to be a tough nut to crack for Joshua, taking the champion deep into the fight. Joshua stopped the tricky Cameroon fighter in the 10th round. After the fight, the whole boxing world were calling to either of the two heavyweight super fights to be made, with Joshua fighting either Joseph Parker or Deontay Wilder. The Wilder fight was proved too challenging to make at this time, with both sides mile apart on terms. Matchroom turned to Parker, with talks proving easier than Wilder. On Sunday 14th January AJ broke the new we had all been waiting for on his Instagram, that the monster Unification was signed and that Joshua and Parker would go to war!
In only 24 hours of tickets going on sale over 70,000 were sold, as fan clambered to see this first undefeated unification heavyweight title fight in the UK. The fight will be shown live on Sky Sports box office. The fight is expected to do record numbers on Sky Sports box office, after his fight with Klitschko in 2017. Sky Sports box office fights usually are priced around £19.95; we are expecting the Joshua v Parker fight to be priced the same. In the betting for the super fight, bookies have Joshua an odds-on favourite to win the fight. With Joshua priced at 1/9, we see no value in the outright win market. Currently, the most value seems to be in the rounds market, look at our tips blog for our Joshua v Parker betting tips.