Anthony Joshua set for big showdown against Parker

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"The main thing we can not forget - I am the unified heavyweight champion of the world". I have liked him since he defeated Klitchko (Vladimir).

Joshua appeared relaxed as he walked to the ring in front of a sell-out crowd approaching 80,000, while Parker also lapped up the occasion during his entrance before both fighters got down to business and protected unbeaten records.

Meanwhile, boxing fans who spoke with our correspondent during the week are of different opinion over Joshua's chances of winning the fight.

This is the only the second heavyweight unification title bout between unbeaten fighters, after Mike Tyson against Tony Tucker in 1987. Lewis held the IBF, WBA and WBC titles in 2000.

If it comes together, the fight might not happen until next year.

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The WBC heavyweight world champion wants "AJ" to reveal his plans in the ring at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff, where the victor will become the history-making WBA "Super", WBO and IBF holder. "Either one", but he said he isn't interested in fighting in the U.S.

His trainer, Kevin Barry, said he was delighted to be working with a fully-fit boxer following Parker's history of elbow trouble. We can do it in London, Wembley, Cardiff - it's local. "We are staying right here".

In the interview, Wilder also revealed that Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn wants to sign him.

Will it be that Parker out-works Joshua, uses his footwork and drags the muscular IBF and WBA (Super) champion into the later rounds? He fought through adversity and stopped Klitschko in the 11th.

Parker last delivered a KO against Alexander Dimitrenko in 2016, one fight before claiming the belt he's defending against AJ, and we haven't seen anything as convincing since. "This is what makes the fight interesting".

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"Joseph Parker stated this would be a war".

"You will be in for a good, good fight tomorrow night, believe me". "We will [be] back again stronger, and I'm happy I went the 12 rounds". But Parker came away with a majority decision and went the distance for a third consecutive fight.

Joshua admitted that he needed to shed weight for the New Zealander after coming in at his career-heaviest for a stoppage win over Carlos Takam in October.

The lighter weight suggests Joshua is well aware of the need for ring movement against Parker, who was some 4.5 kgs lighter since outpointing Britain's Hughie Fury past year.

He added, "So many scenarios can play out in the first round". Joshua's height and reach advantage will make it hard for Parker to hit Joshua. Me and Joshua are the two that matter. Even a jab hurts. It seemed unfair that Joshua won by such a wide margin on the cards, but he had done enough with his jab to win the fight. Both exchanged hooks, and Parker later caught Joshua going backward with a left. Should Parker upset Joshua, there is a contractual obligation for a rematch. The fight came to an end when referee Phil Edwards stepped in to stop the fight in Joshua's favor, due to a cut on Takam's head.

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