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20 NOVEMBER 2018

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Anthony Joshua: 'Ill Knock Wilder Spark Out/Joseph Parker:"We’ll Be Back Again Stronger”

Following WBA/IBF and IBO heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua’s 12 round points win over WBO titleholder Joseph Parker, both fighters took part in post interviews immediately after the fight in Cardiff, Wales.



Anthony Joshua

“I am not going to judge my performance. “That’s for my coach to do. My strategy was to get behind the jab and we did that. The good jab will take you around the world.


“Through rounds 10, 11, 12, I was focused. I went the 12 rounds and I fought him hard, but it was light work. This is boxing. This is what we do. Joseph Parker is a world champion. I knew he was going to be determined. Sometimes this is how it goes. It becomes a tactical boxing fight. This was going to be about finesse, and I controlled behind the jab and used finesse.


“We cannot forget – I am now the unified heavyweight champion of the world.”


After the fight, Joshua was asked by Sky Sports reporter Andy Scott if he’d like to face fellow-undefeated WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder for the chance to become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.


“One hundred percent, 100 percent,” Joshua answered. “You’re asking me, do I want to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world? The WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO. Twenty one fights, six world championship fights. I am not into the hype. I am about the business. So, let’s talk business. Eddie Hearn can talk with Al Haymon and (Shelly Finkel).


“Just like Dillion (Whyte) said, ‘WILDER, LET’S GO, BABY.’ Let’s go. On this side of the pond, we are serious. Great Britain, the United Kingdom, we are representing. We have all the fighters, champions from heavyweight all the way down to the lower weight classes. We are about the business.”


Joshua didn’t seem disappointed he was unable to score a KO yet still admitted he wasn’t satisfied with the first distance fight of his career.


“Definitely, we are not satisfied. One step at a time,” Joshua said. “We are not our best yet but we are at the pinnacle of boxing. I always go in the deep end, always challenge myself. I am ready for more challenges. We will see what’s next.”


When pressed who he’d like to fight next, Joshua said, “Wilder. Wilder or Fury,” referencing fellow Brit and former unified heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury, who has been inactive since 2015 due to a variety of issues.


“Get him (Wilder) in the ring, and I’ll knock him spark out,” Joshua promised.


Joseph Parker

“Today, I got beat by the better man. The bigger man. My plan is to go home, work hard and come back again.


“I would work harder. Make more punches. I would love another go. We could have worked inside more but whatever happened, happened. You can’t go back and change that.


“I am young, strong, fit and ready to come back and challenge again. We’ll be back again stronger.”

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