AJ is feeling unstoppable

16 January 2018 10:39:50 EST

Anthony Joshua has warned opponent Joshua Parker that he is feeling unstoppable ahead of their heavyweight title unification clash on 31st March.

The 28-year-old unbeaten Watford man will put his WBA 'super' and IBF titles on the line against the WBO belt holder at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff after the fight was finally confirmed at the weekend.

Parker's promoter David Higgins had previously suggested that Joshua had a suspect chin given that he had suffered knockdowns in some of his previous fights.

However, Joshua used the first press conference ahead of the eagerly-awaited showdown to highlight each of those occasions and insisted that is has only made him a stronger fighter.

With [Wladimir] Klitschko, all those times it told me, it will take more than a human to stop me from where I'm destined to be, and that's what I learnt.

Anthony Joshua

He said: "When you want to talk about facts - the three times that I have been hurt or dropped was in the European Championships when [trainer Rob] McCracken knows I was actually banned from the GB team, because I was still getting in trouble.

"I stopped boxing and two weeks before that European Championship, I was called up to the country. I was very unfit, I didn't get dropped, I got stopped. When your tank is empty, it's hard to perform.

"The second time was David Price. I had come out of a police cell the day I went up to training. I'm not going to use it as an excuse, but David Price is a puncher, and lack of experience.

"With [Wladimir] Klitschko, all those times it told me, it will take more than a human to stop me from where I'm destined to be, and that's what I learnt.

"Not to walk with sight, because when you're fatigued you don't know where you are. I walk with faith in this journey.

"In terms of using it as a PR stunt. The rumours that you have heard, they're fake news. Hand on my heart. PR, whatever you want to use it for, is between you and your camp."

New Zealander, Parker, who is also undefeated from 24 fights, has accepted that Joshua will be his most difficult test to date, but he remains confident of coming out on top.

He added: "Joshua, I've watched him for a long time. I know he's watched me. I know his strengths, I know that he knows mine. I know his weaknesses and he thinks he knows my weaknesses.

"I cannot wait to have this fight happen on March 31. Cannot wait to train, cannot wait to be back, to put on a great performance, hopefully catch him on the chin and knock him out."

Joshua is 1/3 to win the fight for a a 21st successive KO of his career, while Parker is priced at 5/1 to win the fight and 15/2 via a stoppage.

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