It’s been confirmed! Britain’s Anthony Joshua will face New Zealand’s Joseph Parker in a captivating World Heavyweight Unification fight at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff on 31st March.
28-year-old Joshua, who stands at a towering 6’6’’, currently holds the IBF and WBA belts, whilst his opponent Parker stands as the reigning WBO Champion.
Joshua will certainly have fond memories of the Principality Stadium, having already successfully defended his titles against Carlos Takam at the famed Cardiff venue last October.
The British Champ who currently, boasts a perfect 20-0 record (all wins by KO), said: “These fights aren’t easy because there is a lot on the line – so respect to team Parker for taking the challenge.
“I’m looking forward to it. Training camp is underway and before you know, 31 March will upon us.”
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, hailed the prospect of two reigning champions meeting in Britain for the first time, stating its significance as a major step towards one heavyweight holding all four belts, a feat which is rare in any weight division, and never among heavyweights.
In terms of global resonance, the bout will signify a major step forward for Britain as they become the focus of the heavyweight championship of the world, a prize that was once the richest in sport.
Joshua’s challenger Joseph Parker, is certainly not a man to be underestimated. Having maintained an undefeated record in 24 professional fights, 18 of which won by knockout, he represents a formidable fighting opponent.
The 26-year-old New Zealander stated: “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.”
Joshua became IBF heavyweight champion by defeating American boxer, Charles Martin at London’s O2 Arena in 2016. He added the WBA belt to his collection the following year by defeating Ukranian, Wladimir Klitschko, in front of 90,000 jubilant fans at Wembley Stadium.
Whoever takes home the spoils in March will be certain to face the undefeated American, Deontay Wilder, who currently holds the fourth belt in the heavyweight division. With no boxer having held all four heavyweight belts simultaneously, 2018 could well mark a significant year in the history of boxing.
Eventmasters are delighted to offer corporate hospitality for the fight between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker. Whether entertaining your important guests or enjoying the heavyweight boxing action on a personal basis, live entertainment at the Principality Stadium is certainly an excellent choice for making your evening one to remember.
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