Fury: Joshua has no panache, no flair... waste of money

Anna Woolhouse

But Joshua and his trainer Rob McCracken prepared for the possibility of a long fight. There were many close rounds but Joshua had an edge over his opponent.

"He (Joshua) is a good fighter, and today he showed he could box".

Whatever you think of Joshua, you can't deny the fact that he stood across the ring from a world champion fighter and saw out a routine win.

Hearn said: "Anthony Joshua wants all the belts - that is the big card Deontay Wilder has got to play [but] commercially Joshua is far bigger than Deontay Wilder". He loses his undefeated record, while Joshua's unblemished career continues with another belt in his grasp.

The proceeds from tickets for Joshua's weight-in on Friday were donated to the family of Scott Westgarth, the 31-year-old English boxer who died from injuries sustained during a light-heavyweight victory over Dec Spelman last month, and the unified heavyweight champion explained he sought out Parker's mother after inflicting her son's first professional loss.

The only important title Joshua is now not holding is the World Boxing Council belt presently held by American Deontay Wilder.

Matchroom view Joshua as a much bigger drawing card in the United Kingdom than Wilder is in the US. All the while the hugely impressive and affable Parker watched on, before talking of how he hopes to improve - attention switching to the future, with the dust barely settled on the still sweaty past.

Regardless, the fight was more of a defensive showcase than an all-out brawl as both men limited their risks with so much gold on the line.

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"It is a fight Anthony Joshua really wants and I think he wants it this year", Hearn said.

The referee also intervened repeatedly, breaking up the fight whenever the fighting livened up and calling a time out in the ninth with Joshua returning to his corner to tighten up his gloves. But this time around there was a groundswell behind Parker.

Gazza, 50, looked dapper in a grey suit as Joshua, 28, made his way towards him in the crowd. However, no one spoke of this going down to points; everyone expected a stoppage.

Joshua took home a £13 million purse and Parker £7 million. "To each their own", Joshua said in his post-fight conference. Parker's ring walk was anchored in his Samoan and New Zealand ancestry, with his father and uncle leading him out.

"(I'm) just watching these two and they're a pair of wooden tops. He carried Nigeria's flag alongside Britain's - another marrying of cultures and heritage.

A cut around Parker's left eye was evident from the third round.

By the fifth it was becoming clear Joshua's punches were faster, more direct and that his more extensive amateur schooling was beginning to tell.

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