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17 JULY 2018

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SecondsOut Staff Predictions: Anthony Joshua Vs Joseph Parker


Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker defend their respective heavyweight world title and unbeaten records in front of 80,000 people at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday night and SecondsOut’s writers once again put their reputations on the line to predict the outcome.

 

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I see this as a very tough fight for both champions, especially the first few rounds as both boxers will not want to make a mistake with so much on the line. Also Joshua may not have experienced a fighter as fast as Parker before while Parker will not have been in with someone as strong and powerful as Joshua. Parker’s speed and movement will cause Joshua a few problems early and may even hurt Joshua a few times but I do believe the British fighter will catch with Parker around the ninth or 10th round and break him down for a hard fought victory.

 

Joshua tko 9-10

Clive Bernath

Editor In Chief

London

England

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Joseph Parker’s hand-skills impressed me greatly on his way up. It’s been awhile since he has really turned it on though and that probably has something to do with his quality of opposition. I believe Parker to be a sturdy fighter. he will hopefully be more amped up for the biggest fight of his career. However, for Joshua, this will not be the case. Joshua’s stamina and power are better than his opponent’s, so he should play the long game and look to break Parker down. Parker will be at his most dangerous for the first five rounds. If he can’t get anything done in that time, I think he will shift into survival mode and be happy to go home a decision loser. Joshua also has to be careful not to get reckless as Parker is a fresh fighter himself with considerable skills. Parker’s drive just can’t compete with Joshua and I expect to see an impressive showing from the British fighter. Joshua will make Parker pay when he tries to open up with his combination punching and, after a few rounds, his punch output will drop.

 

Joshua pts 12

Derek Bonnett

Oxford, Connecticut

USA

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This is going to be a tough fight for both fighters, whoever wins this fight will have truly earned it. The past few years, Anthony Joshua has proven himself as a valid heavyweight. In my opinion, Joshua reached greatness and grew as a fighter after the Molina fight, only to topple an aging but still very dangerous Wladimir Klitschko in his next fight. Joseph Parker may not have the resume Joshua has, but he too has proven himself in the ring. For Parker to win, he must stay busy and somehow find a way to fight inside and be prepared to go the distance, which he has proven he can do. Joshua has the reach advantage and must set the tone early and prepare for the fight to go the distance if needed. I see this as a great heavyweight bout, true boxing at it’s finest. In the end, I think Joshua pulls off the win in commanding fashion by frustrating Parker, creating openings that will punish him. Joshua defeats Parker in the later rounds by TKO.

 

Joshua by tko 8-10

Ron Valderrama

Phoenix, Arizona

USA

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Joshua should be able to impose his will after the mid-point of the fight. Parker will have his moments but will fail to step on the gas when the opportunities present themselves. Joshua will cement his status as the world’s best heavyweight when he stops Parker suddenly.

 

Joshua ko 10

Jason Pribila

Bethlehem, USA

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Home turf. Raucous crowd. What more does Anthony Joshua need? Granted, he’ll likely find Joseph Parker to be a tougher out than Carlos Takam, but I expect the bout to follow the same pattern. Unless Parker can effectively stay in the grill of the Englishman, then he’s virtually no chance. Joshua’s jab and ability to wear opponents down will be the exact trap he’ll throw at the New Zealander in a wide, less than entertaining contest. I hope I’m wrong.

 

Joshua ko 7

Marc Livitz

Austin, Texas.

USA

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I went against Joshua in the Klitschko fight and although he was badly hurt he displayed the heart of a champion to come through with the victory. I think his heart and determination will be tested again here but I believe it is a test he will just about pass.

 

Parker has relatively quick hands and very solid boxing fundamentals that will allow him gain a foothold in this fight but a lot will be dependent on his shape and weight come fight night. If he is heavy and flat footed then he will be an easy target for AJ and a punishing barrage could see the bout stopped midway.

 

I’m banking, however, on Parker being in the shape of his life. After all this is a heavyweight unification fight and the biggest of his life. I expect a tentative opening but a firefight to break out in the middle as both men look to test the chin and durability of the other.

 

Parker struggled with the footwork of Hughie Fury but he won’t have to go looking for Joshua, this will be much more his kind of fight. But Joshua is not adverse to a scrap either and he carries serious weight in his shots, Parker cannot absorb a cacophony of punches and stand up.

 

Parker and his team have tried to play the mind games and Joshua has seemed riled by some of their comments, he cannot allow his emotions to overrule his head because then the New Zealander has a chance. Joshua got too involved in the Dillian Whyte build up and almost paid the price, I don’t think Parker would let him off the hook.

 

That said, we don’t know just how good Parker or his chin is. He was visibly hurt by Nascimento and at times looked extremely tired after being pushed against Takam, Anthony Joshua is levels above and at heavyweight one shot can change the entire landscape.

 

Joshua’s size and weight could also be a factor. His bulk can be problematic and as seen against Klitschko he cannot throw punches for three minutes in around. Joshua can not afford to gas here, if he gets hurt then it’s unlikely he’ll get three rounds off to recover like against Wladimir.

 

This is a tough test for both and I think there will be points in the fight when either can and will get hurt. Neither result would greatly surprise me but I do believe Joshua will grind Parker down late, he may have to climb off the canvass to do so, and Parker’s corner may have to take mercy on their man whose pride will urge him to keep going despite the punishment.

 

Anthony Joshua tko 11

Steve Bateson

Kirkby Lonsdale,

England

 

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The Anthony Joshua show continues Saturday with a possible right with WBC champion Deontay Wilder on the horizon, Wilder will be in attendance to try to get the fight sooner than later. With that being said Parker is a tough foe for Joshua but I don’t see Josiah over looking him, the two have Carlos Takam as a common opponent , both defeating Takam.

I just see Joshua rising up to the occasion in front of a raucous crowd wearing down Parker with his power and size . He will halt Parker in the mid rounds then let’s see if there is fireworks in the ring with Wilder there. It should be a great night of action.

 

Joshua tko 8

Andy Rivera

Albuquerque

New Mexico

USA

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Joshua will be too big and powerful for Parker who will show real determination in lasting the five rounds.

 

Joshua tko 5

Lwazi Ndzobongo

South Africa

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"Anthony Joshua is a physical specimen with power in both hands. Joseph Parker is a very good, skilled boxer with an undefeated record of his own to boast. Parker will compete early on if he can stay busy and box in between heavy exchanges Joshua will look to present. As time progresses, Joshua will be too much and finish the fight inside the distance."

 

Joshua W TKO 9

 

Derek Gionta

Pittsburgh, PA

USA

 

 

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Joshua = 9

Parker = 0

Draw= 0




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