1 March, 2018, 12:00 am
Forget Anthony Joshua’s size and knockout power, Joseph Parker is confident he has the skills to outbox the big Brit.
Parker, the WBO champion, fights IBF and WBA champion Joshua in a world heavyweight boxing title unification fight in Cardiff on April 1.
The confidence continues to ooze out of the Kiwi camp in a campaign where they haven’t been shy of highlighting what they see as Joshua’s weaknesses, most notably his suspect chin.
But Parker, with a much longer amateur background and four more fights in the professional ranks where both fighters remain unbeaten, believes he has the experience to hand Joshua his first defeat.
Parker is 24-0 with 18 knockouts and Joshua is 20-0 with all his wins coming via stoppages.
“I can outbox Anthony Joshua,” Parker boldly told Sky Sports in the UK who are the host broadcaster for this massive fight.
Parker, who hasn’t been at his best since winning the WBO title in a rugged fight with Andy Ruiz in December 2016, is determined to finally show his full ability on his biggest stage with the fight set to unfold in front of 80,000 fans at the Principality Stadium and a huge global TV audience.
“I think I have the skills to outbox him but I haven’t really shown that. That’s why I’m excited — this is a big stage to put on the best performance of my life.
“I can knock him out. I can outbox him. Words can’t explain how excited we are. We’re fighting in his backyard and we’re fighting another champion who’s undefeated.
“That makes it a great fight.”