Anthony Joshua: 'David Price got better of me in sparring'

New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker has looked out of character as the bad guy in the heavyweight divisions

Parker was one of the only a few fighters that was rumoured to take on Joshua in 2018, but one opponent was closer to home for the 28-year-old than the New Zealander.

WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight champion Joshua and WBO belt-holder Parker are set for a unification bout at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on March 31 in a hotly anticipated clash.

Boxers Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker face-to-face at the formal announcement of their fight.

Parker is confident he can beat Joshua in Cardiff but knows that he has a challenging training camp ahead of him before the March fight. I'd fight him in the vehicle park for free, it doesn't matter to me. 'Having said that... 'It's normal to analyse strengths and weaknesses. "Something that shocked us is apparently in English boxing it's not customary to do that". 'It came as a surprise when we pointed out chinks in his armour.

"There seems to be shock that we dare speak about things".

"Joshua, I've watched him for a long time". That killed two birds with one stone. It's an honour to be here with another world champion. It made Joseph a bigger name here and built this fight up.

Promoters Matchroom expect the stadium to be an 80,000 sell-out for the first heavyweight unification fight to be staged on British shores.

"It makes it very interesting". "I'm looking forward to putting on a good performance". If they're trading what do we know? Joseph has never been dropped since he started on the pads aged three.

"It's important, that's my job".

Joshua's manager Eddie Hearn accused Parker's manager David Higgins of backing down over those claims, while Joshua accused Higgins of indulging in "publicity stunts". The bookies write him off, right. But in terms of Parker, I don't really know how to take his camp. 'Speaking personally, I have an enormous amount of respect for Joshua and his team.


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Joshua went into depth to explain the times he had been on the canvas.

"Two weeks before that European Championship, I was called up to represent my country".

"When you talk about myself getting dropped and what you done, it's a marketability strategy", Joshua told his press conference.

He said a lack of experience had led to him being dropped by David Price, who he described as "a puncher".

"What I have learned in those times, in adversity and going through storms, is that it will take more than a human to stop me". "The rumours that you have heard, they're fake news", Joshua added.

Higgins jabbed back: "What I'm saying is this is a 50:50 fight. Why?" I'm thankful we have the contract signed.

While Higgins did most of the talking for Team Parker, the fighters largely showed respect and admiration for each - neither is known for extensive trash talk.

However, Joesph Parker is still standing by his opinions of that Joshua is chinny and the mentally stronger man out of the pairing.

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