Parker prepared to upset Joshua

14 January 2018 07:51:50 EST

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker has vowed to shock WBA and IBF world champion Anthony Joshua when they meet in Cardiff in late March.

The unification bout has been confirmed for Saturday 31st March, with both men going into the fight undefeated - Joshua having won 20 fights and Parker 24.

Anthony Joshua is in for a huge shock.

Joseph Parker

And New Zealander Parker, whose last fight saw him defeat Hughie Fury at the Manchester Arena in September last year to retain his WBO belt, is in the mood to cause a major upset.

He told Sky Sports: "Anthony Joshua is in for a huge shock. A couple of months ago I heard him say 'why should I be worried about this little kid from New Zealand?'.

"Well, now he's about to find out and the world is about to find out whether AJ can really take a punch."

Parker is priced at 5/1 to defeat Joshua and is 15/2 to win by KO, TKO or Disqualification, with the Kiwi 25/1 to win between rounds four and six.

And the confidence of Parker is shared by his promoter, David Higgins, who added: "Joseph is the absolute epitome of the Kiwi sporting battler. It has been said that he is punching above his weight, but he didn't become WBO heavyweight champion by being lucky.

"He's never been stopped, never even been wobbled in the ring. He's consistently fought fighters in the world's top 10 and he's beaten them all easily.

"It certainly won't be a shock to me when he beats Anthony Joshua and takes his titles back home to New Zealand."

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