This is How Antony Joshua Wins the Fight Against Joseph Parker
This is how Antony Joshua wins the fight against Joseph Parker, in just over a week.
In the words of American boxing analyst Frank Lotierzo, there’s nothing that Joseph Parker brings to the ring to enable him to get over Antony Joshua when they clash at Cardiff ‘s Principality Stadium, come 31 March.
Lotierzo, a seasoned boxing analyst who has worked for leading boxing companies and media houses said, “Realistically when you look at these two guys and what they bring to the ring, I just don’t see any path to victory for Parker. There’s nothing that he does better.”
Lotierzo’s observation is further affirmed by Joshua’s physique. He is not only bigger and stronger but also stands a few inches taller than Parker. Joshua measures 1.98m against Parker’s 1.93.
His training has also been more focused on reducing his weight to make him more agile and flexible. At the beginning of his training, Joshua hinted that one of his objectives was to get lighter and face Parker while bearing less muscle.
Joshua is known for his fast-starter approach and getting aggressive right from the opening bell. It is this technique that has helped him win 16 of his 20 fights inside three rounds.
One of his hardest tackles recently was against Wladimir Klitschko in which he managed to calm the Ukranian on the 11th round.
Whereas both boxers maintain an undefeated record and are holders of prestigious boxing titles, they still have a different comparison through which Joshua stands out as a better bet for the oncoming unification match.
Throughout his boxing career since he turned professional in 2013, Antony Joshua,28, has fought 65 rounds. He has a 20-0, 20 KOs record to show for it. On the other hand, Parker,26, has boxed his way to 123 rounds winning 24-0, 18KOs.
Quite impressive for both boxers but the trail of destruction that AJ has left behind makes Parker want to pull his tail between his legs.
Prominent British trainer David Coldwell, reacting to the fight that is ultimately one of the mammoth bouts in recent times poised,
“How is Parker going to react when he is in the lion’s den in front of 80 000 people? How is he going to react when he gets hit and hurt. There is a strong possibility that he could be hit and hurt in this fight.”
This is almost a foregone conclusion by AJ fans and some professional observers too.
American former world heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman (holder of the WBC, IBF, IBO, and lineal titles in 2001; and the WBC title again from 2005 to 2006) put it even more plainly, “ I give Parker no shot … slim and none. He can’t beat Joshua.”
But it is the words of former world cruiserweight champion, Tony Bellew that would devastatingly break Parker’s heart. “AJ will eat Joseph Parker,” Said Bellew.
“A very good big guy will always beat a good little guy,” Bellew concluded.
It is not in vain that this has been marketed as the biggest boxing event this year. Both boxers have pressed themselves hard to impress but more importantly to win.
“The world should have one champion,” Parker told ESPN in an earlier interview.
Does he have what it takes to be this distinguished champion?
Reigning British heavyweight champion Dallian Whyte doesn’t think so. “He might cause Joshua a few problems because he has got quick hands but I see Joshua stopping him.”
As fight night draws closer, Antony Joshua is evidently sharper in mind, body and soul.He stands a better chance to floor Parker at the earliest opportunity.