Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua reveals the thought of losing to Joseph Parker scares him

Unbeaten champions Joshua and Parker will unify their WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO belts on April 1 (NZ time) at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

Joshua says one defeat should not define a fighter, but every unbeaten boxer still goes into the ring with the fear of losing.

Speaking to Sky Sports UK eight days out from the highly anticipated fight, Joshua said he is focused on the bout and is open to what a potential loss could mean for his career.

Parker a 'better boxer' than Joshua

English superstar Joshua is a healthy favourite to prevail when he meets New Zealand fighter Parker in their world heavyweight title unification bout in Cardiff on Easter Sunday (NZ time).

Many believe the WBA and IBF champion will be too powerful for the WBO belt holder from South Auckland, referencing the fact all 20 wins on Joshua's perfect professional record have come via knockout.

Ref appointed for Parker-Joshua unification bout

Quartarone has refereed a world heavyweight title fight before, being in charge of Alexander Povetkin's WBA title victory over Cedric Boswell in 2011.

"We're very happy with the officials that have been appointed," Barry told Sky Sports.

"We've got three judges - one from New Zealand, one from the UK, one from the United States.

"We've got an Italian referee. We signed off on those officials [at the beginning of March]. We're very happy with what the various sanctioning bodies have appointed for us."

     

Trainer Kevin Barry believes Parker's speed is his power

While much of the pre-fight hype has surrounded Joshua's power, it’s Parker's speed that has his boxing trainer confident of a knock-out win.

Speaking to Andrew Gourdie and Jim Kayes on RadioLIVE, Barry revealed fans should expect a much faster, but no less powerful, Parker in Wales.

"More movement and faster feet…that’s something that we’ve worked on this whole training camp from our flexibility work to our strength and conditioning work, boxing work to our road work," said Barry.

Joshua: Parker tougher fight than Wilder

Between them the three fighters own the four major belts in the sport's glamour division, with Joshua holding the WBA and IBF crowns, Parker the WBO and Wilder the WBC.

With 20 knockouts from a perfect 20-0 professional record, Joshua is favoured to continue that march and add another belt to his collection when he and Parker square off in a much-anticipated unification bout in Cardiff on April 1 (NZ time).

Joseph Parker looking lean and mean as he readies for Anthony Joshua

The Kiwi heavyweight has used the cruel jibe from British talk show host Graham Norton and picked up by Joshua as motivation for his preparations for their world heavyweight unification fight.

WBO champion Parker tangles with WBA and IBF champion Joshua in Cardiff on April 1 (NZT) and the 26-eyar-old is determined to be in the shape of his life.

Five weeks into his Las Vegas training camp, the signs are promising with Parker quickly losing weight and regaining his trademark speed.

Khan urges Joshua to fight in USA

That is the view of British compatriot Amir Khan, who said the heavyweight star needed to raise his profile in the US to become a "global star".

Khan has fought several times in the States, most recently against Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in Las Vegas, where the Mexican scored a sixth-round knockout in May 2016.

But it was a big-money bout for Khan and brought with it the kind of attention that he feels Joshua – who faces Joseph Parker on March 31 in Cardiff – would easily attract if he showed off his skills for a stateside audience.

Deontay Wilder believes Joseph Parker has one big advantage over Anthony Joshua

The highly-anticipated bout will see Joshua and Parker put their IBF, WBA Super, IBO and WBO belts and unbeaten records on the line, as both fighters aim to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999.

Many pundits out of the UK believe Joshua's size and skill will prove too much for Parker at the Principality Stadium on April 1 (NZ time), but Wilder has a different perspective.

Speaking to Andrew Gourdie and Jim Kayes on RadioLIVE's Sunday Sport, Wilder issued a warning not to be deceived by the Briton's chiselled physique.

Record sales as more than 70,000 tickets already sold for Parker v Joshua

Tickets went on general sale for the fight at Cardiff's Principality Stadium at midnight on Tuesday (NZT) and within five hours there were only a limited number of $571 and $1142 tickets remaining.

Promoter Eddie Hearn revealed on his Twitter account that the three cheapest categories had sold out in just over an hour after they had gone on sale.

The March 31 fight is sure to sell out with the stadium holding 78,000 under its retractable roof.

Joshua-Parker set for March 31

The Briton's promoters have confirmed he will put his IBF and WBA belts on the line against WBO champion Parker at Cardiff's Principality Stadium, ending months of lengthy and protracted negotiations between both camps.

Both men will put undefeated records on the line, while the victor will move a step closer to unifying the heavyweight division for the first time since Lennox Lewis achieved the feat in 1999.