Joshua pressed for time to secure Wilder unification fight

Joshua pressed for time to secure Wilder unification fight

Joshua pressed for time to secure Wilder unification fight

How, once the 26-year-old returns to Auckland, will he cope with this unanimous defeat to Anthony Joshua, the first of his professional career, which relieved him of his WBO world heavyweight title?

Victory for the 28-year-old has seen Joshua retain his WBA and IBF titles while taking on Parker's WBO crown, potentially leaving the Brit with the opportunity to now take on the unbeaten Deontay Wilder for the final heavyweight belt in the division.

Joseph Parker will fight Anthony Joshua again.

"The biggest thing for me is the challenge of fighting someone like Joshua, and the challenge of if it goes into a dark place, how long will I stay there for?"

Parker's best rounds were the first two and possibly the fifth, but he looked the most risky when he was tagged.

Anthony Joshua connects with an over-the-top right before getting spoken to by Italian referee Giuseppe Quartarone, who keeps preventing a fight from happening by stepping in just before the Briton delivers an uppercut to Joseph Parker.

The end result was a relatively easy win on points for Joshua and his opponent generously accepted that on the night he was the better boxer. He has already visited NY for negotiations but it gets complicated with Wilder's affairs being handled by co-managers Shelly Finkel and Al Haymon, and Haymon's business partner Luis DeCubas Jr.

"If they stepped up and were actually serious about the fight, and serious about a deal we are more than happy to offer them, it could happen next". I think me and Eddie [Hearn] have to go to America to see what the situation is.

"I know fans want blood but sometimes it's just not there".

And one follower said: "The most attractive boxing wife".

Another said: "What the hell, girl, what kind of exercise workout have you been doing, I've got to know".

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.

Joseph Parker (New Zealand): "I will beat him".

It's so rare that two top-level fighters at the height of their powers actually fight, so it's a shame that one of the main talking points will be the ref.

Speaking afterwards, Parker told Sky Sports: "Today I got beaten by a better champion".

With the win, Joshua not only improved his professional boxing record to a flawless 21-0 but he also captured the WBO Heavyweight title.

Anthony Joshua is class, class act.

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