London, UK : British boxer – of Nigerian heritage – Anthony Joshua, in a unanimous decision, Saturday night, took Joseph Parker’s WBO title with a bruising win in addition to retaining the IBF and WBA heavyweight championships. The three Judges scored the fight 118-110, 118-110,119-109 , advantage Parker.
Make that 21 wins in 21 fights with 20 KO’s for unified heavyweight champion of the world, Anthony Joshua. This is the first time that Anthony Joshua has gone 12 rounds in his career. He usually takes them out early. The New Zealander, Joseph Parker, came into tonight’s fight with a record of 24 wins from 24 fights. Joshua put an end to his unbeaten run.
In the first heavyweight unification bout to be held in Britain to feature two unbeaten champions, referee Giuseppe Quartarone was criticized for separating the boxers which some say stopped the two gladiators from fully going to war. But it failed to hinder Joshua from adding Parker’s WBO belt to his IBF and WBA world titles.
When it mattered most in the championship rounds, Joshua showed why he is the best heavyweight in the world. He showed a lot of heart, bit down on his mouthpiece, realized he wasn’t going to win by knockout and became a boxer: he utilized the jab and the left hand which caught Parker on more than one occasion.
“21 professional fights, 6 world championship fights. Does that not show you what route I’m going in?” – @anthonyfjoshua #JoshuaParker
“My strategy was to stick behind the jab,” said Joshua. “The saying goes, the right hand can take you around the block, but a good jab will take you around the world.”
Parker carried an expected tone of disappointment, but gave respect to the new owner of the WBO belt.
“Today I was beaten by a better champion,” said Parker. “No regrets. I’ll take it on the chin and work harder.”
Not quite the explosive performance we expected from AJ, but a win is a win. Now all roads lead to the matchup between Joshua and the “Bronze Bomber” , Deontay Wilder.
“Wilder! Let’s do this baby!” exclaimed the unified champion after his victory tonight.
It didn’t take long for Anthony Joshua to look past tonight’s fight which took place at Cardiff’s Principality stadium and set his sights on Deontay Wilder. The American has held the WBC title since 2015 and is the only one left for Joshua to beat and unify all titles in Heavyweight boxing. After his first-round knockout of Bermane Stiverne, the Bronze Bomber declared war on unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. He even famously called the champ a “little girl” whom he plans to knock out. Be careful what you wish for, Deontay.
That said, Deontay Wilder, the “Bronze Bomber” comes with 40 wins in 40 fights, 39 KOs. With Deontay, the ‘bombs’ start dropping the first second of the first round, so the unified champion, AJ, will certainly have his work cut out for him.