Parker: I will go to 'dark place' to beat Joshua

Parker: I will go to 'dark place' to beat Joshua

Parker: I will go to 'dark place' to beat Joshua

New Zealand judge Ian Scott awarded it 119-109 to Joshua, with the two others, American Steve Weisfeld and Brit Steve Gray scoring it 118-110.

Joshua, the WBA and IBF champion, tipped the scales at 17st 4lb 2oz for tonight's fight at the Principality Stadium - 6lbs heavier than New Zealand's WBO champion Parker. He also refused to buy into media theories that he carries too much muscle on his 6-foot-6 frame, which has caused him obvious stamina gaps during some of his biggest fights.

Joshua, who has an 82-inch reach, weighed in at 242.25 pounds, while Parker, who has a 78-inch reach, weighed in at 263.5.

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Given Mayweather preceded Joshua as the world's leading fighter during a run in which he rarely won inside the distance, the Briton told Press Association Sport: "You can't always be trying to please people, because you're never going to win". I stuck behind the jab.

"I want him to say my name and we will make the fight happen once and for all". The people want to see the best fight the best in the heavyweight division.

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At the end, Joshua acknowledged Parker as a true world champion.

Joshua made a fifth defense of his IBF title and second of the WBA strap on a night that reportedly earned him £13 million and Parker £7 million.

Joshua, nearly a stone lighter than when he beat Carlos Takam in Cardiff last October, did enough without setting the fight alight, while Parker had his moments, even if an upset victory never looked on. "Parker is a very strong, durable fighter who can be tricky for Joshua, so he might take him to the late rounds to take him out".

Not only will Joshua have sold out another stadium show with a crowd of 80,000 expected, but pay-per-view sales are expected to be mega with the unification clash capturing the public's imagination.

Joshua (17st 4lb), 28, who was born in Watford and now lives in north London, seemed relaxed despite the size of the occasion and tapped the hands of fans on the way to the ring.

Parker's (last 5 fights) numbers are below avg.in all categories (landed only 11.5% of his jabs), but he does have a solid body attack, as 39.1% of his landed punches are to the body of opponents (Joshua 20.1%- CompuBox avg.: 22.1%.).

He has instead warned the 26-year-old Parker - who represents a more unsafe opponent than his status as a significant underdog suggests - that he expects to only begin to enter his prime, and also that he therefore expects to win between rounds seven and nine.

Joshua found his range in the third and both men were warned for leading with their heads.

"I saw confidence in Joshua". Even a jab hurts.

"So far Parker hasn't been in stressful situations in the ring like Joshua has, but he does possess some attributes that you have to take seriously".

Both exchanged hooks and Parker later caught Joshua going backward with a left.

Joshua hits the pads at the open workout. Joshua will win inside eight rounds. Joshua nearly had Parker rocking with a combination in the eighth round and landed a right uppercut on the inside early in the ninth round.

Considering how unimpressive Parker has looked of late and taking into account what's at stake for the victor, punching power and heart could prove to be the most important intangibles.

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