I Want Wilder Or Fury-Joshua

I Want Wilder Or Fury-Joshua

The Brit's win means he now moves one step closer to being the undisputed heavyweight world champion, needing just Deontay Wilder's WBC belt to add to his IBO, IBF, WBA and WBO titles.

After 12 rounds, Britain's Joshua triumphed 118-110, 118-110, 119-109 on the three judges' scorecards.

Anthony Joshua went into his fight with Joseph Parker on Saturday night knowing he had the opportunity to set a new standard in heavyweight boxing.

Crunching body shots from Parker slowed Joshua's stride in the seventh, although Joshua sparked to life in the eighth to land a searing left hand.

Parker did a commendable job as he did not allow Joshua to knock him out; he showed fine head movement and mobility and Joshua could not do much apart from landing jabs.

Tyson Luke Fury was holder of the four titles in 2015 when he beat long-reigning world champion Wladimir Klitschko. [Whether it's] ten rounds, two rounds or 12 rounds.

"When they were brawling, there were hints of Joe nearly getting in there, but everyone is saying - not me - people who know a lot more about boxing were saying that ref allowed Anthony Joshua to execute a very disciplined, conservative fight plan, which did suit Joshua and did not suit Parker".

Joshua sees himself as more than just a big puncher, regularly referring his "finesse" and "boxing prowess".

Joshua took home a £13 million purse and Parker £7 million. We're staying right here.

"Of course, I'm young, fit and strong".

"Good big one beats a good little one!"

While Parker's promoter David Higgins suggested fans would "demand" a rematch, Hearn was quick to hose down the idea as an ultimate unification bout against American WBC champion Deontay Wilder looms for his charge.

Joshua had weighed in at 17st 4lbs (110.4kgs) on Friday, well down from a career high of 18st 2lbs (115.5) against Carlos Takam last time out, while Parker came in at 16st 12lbs (102.3).

Gazza, 50, looked dapper in a grey suit as Joshua, 28, made his way towards him in the crowd. The second followed the same pattern as Parker was active but with Joshua landing with the heavier hooks. Beyond Wilder and Povetkin, the most risky tests are rematches against Parker and British rival Dillian Whyte.

The referee also intervened repeatedly, breaking up the fight whenever the fighting livened up and calling a time out in the ninth with Joshua returning to his corner to tighten up his gloves. The New Zealand contingent cheered more in hope than expectation, though one lone voice rang out from behind the press box: "Robbed!"

The cut round Parker's left eye worsened and blood emerged from the wound in the tenth round.

However Joshua and promoter Eddie Hearn both refuted Parker's claims, insisting that the referee had "perfect English".

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