The Buzz Around Fight Week
The buzz around fight week, has been building and building, as Anthony Joshua fight with Joseph Parker draws near.
This week sees two of the best heavyweights in the world clash in a unification match to be held in Cardiff at the Principality Stadium on March 31. Both Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker will be entering the arena with unbeaten records.
AJ is the IBF and WBA Super Heavyweight champion while Parker is the WBO heavyweight champ.
Anthony Joshua is undoubtedly looking forward to a fight at the Principality Stadium. He was here back in October when he defeated Carlos Takam. Now he looks to do the same to the New Zealander. However, it is not going to be easy for Joshua.
Parker is a dangerous opponent coming with an impressive 24-0 record. The time is set at 10 pm.
The undercard will include Anthony Crolla who seeks to gain a world title shot. He will be going against David Prince for the WBA and WBO heavyweight intercontinental titles. Others include Ryan Burnett against Yonfrez Perejo for the WBA bantamweight belt.
Anthony Crolla faces Edson Ramirez, and Joe Cordina meets Hakim Ben Ali for the WBA lightweight title which happens to be vacant. Others include Josh Kelly and Carlos Molina.
If you missed the tickets at the principality stadium, you can still purchase yours at the StubHub for £40. You can also watch the action live on Sky Sports Box Office from 6 pm.
The Build Up
Already there is a lot of build up in a week that promises action like never before seen on British soil. The first thing that fans are looking forward to is the training session held by both AJ and Parker on March 28. It will take place in Cardiff at the St. David’s Hall.
While anybody is free to enter from 5.30pm, it will be on a first come first serve basis.
Anthony Joshua has been firing some verbal shots at Parker saying, “He is quick, and he can take a punch, but that is what I have heard, so I’m repeating what people are saying. You’ve got two sides of it. I’m definitely prepared for a 12-round fight which isn’t a problem.”
He went on to say, “Let’s say I’ve got £20 in my pocket, looking at myself, I’m sure Anthony Joshua knocks out Joseph Parker for sure.”
Parker has not been so quiet himself and responded, “we’ve had a great build-up to this mega fight. I’m looking forward to putting on the best display on March 31.
“I feel ready; I feel confident, I feel sharp. I’m taking these belts back to New Zealand.”
People are already wondering when the weigh-in is going to take place. This will be on Friday on March 30. The public is invited to the venue in Cardiff at the Motorpoint Arena.
While entry is free, the public is encouraged to give a £1 donation to go to the family of late boxer Scott Westgarth.
Joshua believes that the size of the principality stadium, filled with over 78000 fans will overwhelm Parker. He said, “It’s an experience he hasn’t faced yet. It is daunting; it is overwhelming.
“You have a fighter that will block out the noise, which takes a whole heap of energy. Then you have a fighter who rides out the wave, which can lead you too excited.
“The Fight is won or lost in training camp, but the last bolt is screwed on during the spell from your changing room to the first bell.”
Parker, on the other hand, doesn’t seem at all bothered. He said,
“It’s fun and games. I think their team are taking it more seriously than we are. We’re rolling with the punches—it doesn’t affect us. There are taking it a bit more personally. It shows who’s winning.
“I haven’t got a care in the world. I just want to get in there and show who I am. I’m a lot more comfortable now.”