Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker – AJ Maintain Unbeaten Runs, Now WBO Champion
Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker Live
Good evening and welcome to Diamond Citysports‘s live coverage as Anthony Joshua takes on New Zealander Joseph Parker at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
Joshua (20-0, 20 KO) comes up against Parker (24-0, 18 KO) with the pair going toe-to-toe in order to unify their three heavyweight titles in front of 78,000 people in Wales.
The 28-year-old former Olympic gold medalist will be putting his WBA and IBF titles on the line, while Parker is offering up his own WBO crown.
11.41pm So as you might have expected, all three of the judges score in favour of Joshua, who now has 21 wins from 21 heavyweight fights, with 20 knockouts and one unanimous point decision. That now leaves Joshua holding the WBA, IBF and now WBO crowns.
11.39pm ANTHONY JOSHUA BEATS JOSEPH PARKER COURTESY OF A UNANIMOUS POINTS DECISION!
ROUND 12Joshua off on the front foot again as he continues to jab his way towards victory. It’s still penetrating and scoring points on occasion. Parker needs to take the risks in my book and he tries to open up with a combo that sees Joshua clench his way to safety. Joshua registers a few on the body from range just as Parker drops off and lets him in. Joshua finishes strongly by pushing Parker to the ropes. Joshua finishes up pushing his man onto the ropes with more probing jab work. Awful refereeing really, he has stopped this fight from evolving.
ROUND 11 More strong jabbing from Joshua and it’s still keeping Parker at bay whenever he tries to find the inside, he isn’t being helped by the referee either who is far too quick on the draw. Still no big moves from either man, just plenty of neat footwork from both men. Both men exchange strong hooks to end the round, but this is definitely going the full distance. Signs of pockets of fire, but once again nothing gets into motion.
ROUND 10Joshua lands flush early on with a smart combo and a cut opens up around Parker’s left eye. Nothing too special from Joshua here as he continues to work off the left jab, and it’s stopping from Parker from finding much of a rhythm. No signs of Joshua gassing though, he looks fit and healthy heading into the final three rounds. Joshua starts to threaten some big ones as a huge left just misses. Finally some fireworks, but nothing major still.
ROUND NINE Joshua finally goes for the same uppercut that unhinged Klitschko last year, but it does not connect this time. AJ is back into the center of the ring again and is now working the jab comfortably again. Joshua is complaining of a head-butt and he is soon back in his corner having his gloves strapped again. The crowd gets behind their man but he is growing frustrated. Parker’s hand speed comes alive, but it is hard to tell whether they’re scoring shots or not. I just about have Joshua ahead now, but it’s very close and you cannot account for subjectiveness in this game.
ROUND EIGHT More splitting up from the referee, which is disappointing as neither fighter is allowed to get close on the inside and open up. This is a boxing match, you know… Joshua is slowing down slightly in the eighth and Parker looks nicely set for this pace in the final few rounds. Finally, Joshua moves in with a beautiful left hand and Parker is forced to eat it all. Far too much breaking up from the referee in this match, though.ROUND SEVEN Slippery work from Parker early on in the seventh has the New Zealander moving nicely. The referee gives Joshua a talking too after a late uppercut, but there’s no penalty despite the slight break. The official might just be breaking these men a little too early at times. If it’s going to be a reins fight, it’ll surely favour Joshua. Parker is continuing to be backed up on the jab, but he does not look too concerned. This is tight!
ROUND SIX The referee has to get involved with a time-out early on as Parker goes hell for leather with some brutal work on the ropes. They both get as good as they give, though, and Joshua soon comes back with a monstrous right hand that catches Parker off guard. Both fighters are applying the gas now. Parker looks quite happy with his work as he ramps up the speed with some effective combinations to finish the round-off.
ROUND FIVE Joshua’s left is running things so far and Parker needs to get his movement sorted. A few good combos give the visitor some confidence as he goes rugged into his opponent, but Joshua is soon back at it with continual strong jabbing with his left. Parker finally sets himself with some nice movement and causes Joshua to miss. A very close round, but one that will be a big confidence booster for the New Zealander.
ROUND FOUR Parker is not looking comfortable and he fails again to find his reach, Joshua planting a flush jab straight into his face. Parker is in no-man’s land on the outside here and is paying for it at the moment. Joshua continues with more comfortable and correct work from the centre of the ring, pushing Parker about and working off his jabbing left. Joshua is likely four ahead already.
ROUND THREE Controlled work from Joshua at the start of round three, again clever and adroit jab work from the 28-year-old. His physical advantages are already telling here as his reach and height have Parker backing off as Joshua drills a lovely combination. The Brit still looks only in second gear but he lands another great combo to leave Parker looking slightly jaded after three. Joshua’s speed and power looks devastating at the moment, he’s moving with remarkable speed