Anthony Joshua is the total package in terms of his footwork, power punches, hand speed and IQ. At 6-6 inches and perfectly chiselled jawline – he is a boxing god; oh, and his record is flawless!
The 28-year-old Brit has successfully defended his titles five times. He is currently ranked as the world’s best active heavyweight by three major boxing institutions, the same institutions that rank his opponent world no. 4. His opponent, New Zealander Joseph Parker is two years younger than him, with an equally impressive record. Between the two boxers, there are four boxing belts; the winner of the unification match will walk away with all four titles.
So, what does unification match mean? Simple, as mentioned above the winner will walk away with all four titles; in other words, the match will combine all four titles. The match is set for March 31 and will go down in boxing history as the first time two reigning world heavyweight champions meet in Britain. In addition, the two will make boxing history as the first time two world heavyweight champions, with immaculate professional records square off.
Parker and Joshua have not lost a fight in their professional career yet. While the Kiwi has an impressive record, only 18 of his 24 pro fights ended by knockout. In contrast to Parker, all Joshua’s pro fights to date are finished by knockout; which explains his exceptional punching power perfectly.
Odds stacked in favour of Anthony Joshua
Parker’s promoter David Higgins began the pre-fight flak by repeatedly criticising Joshua’s ‘weak chin’. The pre-fight noise has been enough for Joshua to react; however, it hasn’t been enough to change bookmakers’ odds. Almost every major bookmaker has the Brit down as the favourite to win.
Unlike last years match of the year between Mayweather and McGregor, these two aren’t exchanging many words. In fact, Joshua has said: “I take everything with a pinch of salt and I roll with the punches.” The odds are:
- Joshua to win – 1/14
- Parker to win – 7/1
- A draw – 28/1
The match will take place Saturday, March 31st at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff and will be broadcasted live on Sky Sports Box Office. Find a list of Canadian online casinos to place your boxing bets here.