Anthony Joshua to fight Joseph Parker in heavyweight unification bout
Advertisement

Anthony Joshua to fight Joseph Parker in heavyweight unification bout

London: Britain's Anthony Joshua will put his perfect 20-fight, 20-knockout record on the line when he takes on New Zealand's Joseph Parker in a world heavyweight unification bout in Cardiff, Wales on March 31.

Joshua holds the WBA and IBF versions of the crown while Parker is the WBO champion and unbeaten in 24 contests, with 18 knockouts.

Britain's Anthony Joshua (right) beats Cameroon's Carlos Takam to win the IBF, IBO  and WBA titles in October.

Britain's Anthony Joshua (right) beats Cameroon's Carlos Takam to win the IBF, IBO and WBA titles in October.

Photo: Nick Potts

Following weeks of negotiations, the 28-year-old Joshua confirmed the fight was on in a video posted on his official Twitter account.

"These fights aren't easy because there's a lot on the line so respect to team Parker for taking the challenge. And you know me, I love this game," he said.

British boxer Anthony Joshua celebrates winning the IBF heavyweight title.

British boxer Anthony Joshua celebrates winning the IBF heavyweight title.

Photo: Matt Dunham
Advertisement

"I'm looking forward to it, training camp is under way and before you know it, March 31st will be upon us."

The winner of the fight will take a step towards becoming the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999.

Loading

American Deontay Wilder holds the fourth belt in the heavyweight division.

Reuters

Most Viewed in Sport

Loading

Morning & Afternoon Newsletter

Delivered Mon–Fri.

By signing up you accept our privacy policy and conditions of use