Anthony Joshua Keeping His Weight Target a Secret
Anthony Joshua keeping his Weight target a secret, in the build-up to fight week.
Will Antony Joshua be lighter or heavier when he comes to wage war against unbeaten IBF titleholder Joseph Parker at Cardiff?
No one knows anymore as the British boxer refused to answer this question, saying that the last time he divulged such information he came out at his “career -heaviest.”
“I’m not going to jinx it. Whether I’m bigger than I was for Takam, or lighter than I was for Dominic Breazeale, I will make sure I am victorious.”
The unbeaten heavyweight champion who is looking at getting into history books by winning this unification match told Sky Sports.
Joshua is already an untamed favourite and his opponent, the 24-0 18KOs, New Zealander is a craving underdog who might just do the unthinkable and turn the tables.
At the beginning of his training for the bout sometimes in January, Joshua hinted that he would possibly weigh-in much lighter.
His promoter Eddie Hearn had cemented this saying that he might come in “half-a-stone lighter than the last fight. Maybe he will be even lighter.”
When Joshua squared off with Wladimir Klitschko, he was at 17st 12lbs. Against Carlos Takam, Joshua tilted the scales to 18st 2lbs.
Even after failing to reveal his weight, AJ gave a slim insight of what he is doing with his preparation.
“I think stretching is important. Because I’m already a big guy I can tense up, naturally. I tend to do a lot more stretching now, to keep my body loose. I’m not snacking as much, which is something heavyweights can do,” Said Joshua, whose performance in this match will be highly dependent on the shape of mind, body and soul.
Parker is also reportedly focused on weighing lighter. Trainer Kevin Barry said that Parker would “ come in lighter for this fight.” Adding that it is important for him to be “very fast on his feet and very mobile in this fight against Joshua.”
The issue of weight has featured significantly since discussions on this fight kicked off. In earlier statements, Joshua’s long-standing trainer Robert McCracken said, “The emphasis is on being as quick as possible and taking as little punishment. Being a bit lighter would allow him to do that.”
Joshua’s recent comments have thrown a spanner into the works, and there will be much speculation as days runs out.
Coach McCracken has cautioned Joshua against underestimating Parker, though both men have a stainless record in their professional boxing journey.
“If you underestimate boxers like Joseph Parker,” quipped McCracken, “You would come unstuck…Antony will take it deadly serious and get the win against Parker and then in the future, potentially box Wilder.”
“But all that matters now is his next fight on the 31st March.”
Even as adrenaline rushes spiritedly amongst fans, it is clear that both camps are not done until the last man standing lifts the belts. AJ is looking to add the WBO belt currently held by Parker to his collection of treasures, while Parker is itching to snatch the WBA and IBF belts from AJ.
Maybe, one of the reasons why Joshua will be looking to finish the fight victoriously is to avoid invoking the rematch clause.