Anthony Joshua-Jopseh Parker Heavyweight Unification Set, March 31 In Cardiff

Anthony Joshua-Jopseh Parker Heavyweight Unification Set, March 31 In Cardiff

Parker will fight Joshua at the Principality Stadium where he beat Carlos Takam in October 2017. And the world is about to find out whether AJ can really take a punch.

Joshua, 28, says he hopes to take another step towards becoming the undisputed world heavyweight champion. My entire existence is now devoted to proving what the boxing world already knows'.

He made two successful defences of the title before claiming two further straps, the WBA title and lightly-regarded IBO belt, with a cracking stoppage win over former lineal heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley last April.

"I'm delighted to get this fight made - it's been a long time coming", Hearn said.

Joshua will look to beat Parker in style to set up another massive heavyweight clash with WBC champion Deontay Wilder, who faces Luis Ortiz a few weeks earlier in NY. "It's my main objective, and it's showing I'm never shy of a competition", said Joshua, who is a Sky Ambassador. "And you know me, I love this game", he said.

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"These fights aren't easy because there's a lot on the line so respect to team Parker for taking the challenge. Training camp is under way and before you know, 31 March will be upon us".

The American, whose three-year reign as champion is the longest in the division, wants a fight with Joshua, calling the British Olympic gold medal victor out after beating Bermane Stiverne in November.

Parker's camp had been desperate to hold a unification match-up with Joshua and held a press conference last November where they showed video footage of the Briton being floored during his time as an amateur.

Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, Joshua's promoter, and David Higgins, Parker's co-promoter from Duco Events, spent weeks going back and forth on the deal, ultimately working things out when they got over the major hurdle a couple of weeks ago on how to split the money in what will be a massive fight.

Parker (24-0) picked up the vacant WBO title with a points win over the previously unbeaten Andy Ruiz Jr.in Auckland in December of 2016. "2018 is set to be yet another exciting chapter in the stadium's illustrious history!"

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