ANTHONY JOSHUA DEFEATS JOSEPH PARKER IN 12 ROUNDS ADDS WBO TITLE TO HIS CAP
British Born Nigerian Heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua emerged Victorious over Joseph Parker in 12 rounds via Unanimous Decision.It was a severe test from a fleet-footed and horribly awkward Kiwi Joseph Parker, who is now the only Boxer to have taken Joshua the Entire distance.He also maintained his impressive record of never having been knocked down ever in 25 professional fights.
Joshua’s quest to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion of the world since Lennox Lewis in 1999 remains on course – Only one man stands in his way towards achieving this and its none other than the Alabama Native DEONTAY WILDER from USA.
Joshua after his victory, called out Wilder roaring: “Wilder, let’s go baby! Let’s go!
“To beat him? Get him in the ring and i’ll knock him spark out.”
This was not an eye catching or memorable night like the classic victory over Wladimir Klitschko, it was an evening to get business done and even if it means win ugly. and that is what Joshua did.
There are still many who don’t believe the 28-year-old from Watford is the best current British heavyweight – and will not be convinced until such time as he’s defeated Tyson Fury, who is now hitting the comeback trail.
In terms of wealth, fame, charisma and popularity, Joshua is on a different level to any other fighter in the blue-riband division.
Now Parker’s WBO strap has been ripped from his waist and the final step on Joshua’s quest will be the WBC champion Wilder.
Wilder has been mouthing off uncharacteristically of late, is clearly trying to raise a profile which has never befitted his status, even in the States.
The American may yet to have to wait while the various governing bodies have pressed the claims for their mandatory challengers.
After an his rather shaky win over Takam last year,Joshua had slimmed down by almost a stone for this, the first world heavyweight unification bout to be held in Britain.
His power still told in the end, even if he couldn’t land his favorite knockout blow.
Joshua described these stadium fight nights of his as being like ‘national holidays’.
And while he’s never going to be the single most celebrated man on Easter weekend (Thats for Jesus), his fame is not far off the sort of levels which once made John Lennon quip that the Beatles were bigger than Jesus.
The welsh capital had been crackling with Joshua-mania since Friday’s weigh-in when the Brit had been serenaded by a brass band blaring out his Seven Nation Army theme tune.Parker came with an impeccable pro record – younger and quicker than Joshua but yet to fight anyone in true world class.
Joshua tested him with several thudding body shots in the opening round but the Kiwi, 26, was landing with some sharp combinations of his own.
Joshua’s Hand raised in triumph
In the third, Joshua enjoyed his first meaningful successes, twice rocking Parker back against the ropes.
And in the fourth he hurt the New Zealander with a big left to the body and then a left hook to the head.
By the fifth it was clear Joshua had found himself a very worthy dance partner. After Parker had walked into a heavy jab early on, he forced Joshua to miss several times and was beginning to make the Englishman look untidy.
Parker was evasive and durable, Joshua struggling to nail him with clean shots.
A late uppercut form Joshua, as Italian referee Giuseppe Quartarone tried to separate the fighters, enraged Parker’s corner in the seventh.
The referee was begining to frustrate the crowd by failing to allow the fight to flow – and he cut off Joshua in his prime when the Brit had Parker in trouble in the eighth.
Joshua was beginning to get on top by the ninth, yet Parker was remaining a thoroughly difficult customer.
The 11th ended with a withering exchange of blows but neither were setting the night on fire and the crowd was becoming testily quiet.
By the 12th Both Men had more or less accepted the result and went through the motions until the last bell. Yet another win for Joshua as he seeks Boxing Legendary status.