Joshua weighs in lighter for Parker fight

Anthony Joshua meets fans at Sky Studios

But while Joshua has experience of fighting in front of a huge sell-out crowd in Cardiff, the same can not be said for Parker, who has yet to compete in front of more than 10,000 spectators on any one night.

Parker represents a big threat to Joshua's seemingly unstoppable rise to the status of undisputed champion of boxing's most glamorous division.

Britain's Anthony Joshua takes to the ring again tonight, when he squares off against Joseph Parker of New Zealand. The Parker fight has somehow become the appetiser to the fight everyone wants to see, but Joshua can not afford to let his focus slip.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge of Parker but, just because now I'm the hunted, it's not time to put my feet up and relax, I'm out there defending my throne on Saturday night". If it goes into a dark place, how long will I stay there for? As the fight progresses, Parker may not have a choice but to take chances, which will prove to be his undoing. "If I'm gonna knock someone out in the first round, you're going to get that excitement, 100%".

The closer Anthony Joshua gets to boxing greatness, the more the sport's new superstar is driven by a fear of failure.

Parker and his team, in particular David Higgins who doesn't get as much credit as he's due, have done a superb job in placing their fighter in this position.

Parker said he needed to work harder and admitted that Joshua was the better fighter.

"I'm taking those belts back to New Zealand". "I feel better. You will see I will be a lot sharper".

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Westgarth was knocked down in the fight but eventually went on to win on points before being taken to hospital where he later died.

Victory over Takam followed that over Wladimir Klitschko, when Joshua risked defeat in pursuit of an early knockout, but despite external pressure to deliver the finish many expect this weekend, Joshua is determined to remain disciplined.

"He was brought up to dress the best and wear himself well, be clean-cut", Parker's mother, Sala, told The Associated Press in a recent interview.

If we're being honest, Wilder didn't look great against Luis Ortiz and was bettered in six of the nine completed rounds. But weight has also been a topic surrounding Joshua, 27, throughout the build to the fight, despite his efforts to downplay it.

"You know these type of fighters that don't have any finesse?" I believe that by consistently applying high pressure, he will force Joshua way outside his comfort zone in regards to his cardiovascular conditioning and we'll know that when Joshua's hands begin to drop.

"There are no excuses from my side", said Parker. To do that, he can not be out-boxed by Parker and lose more rounds than he wins, even if he scores a late round stoppage.

"People want to hear what the fighters say, not what the promoters say", Wilder exclusively told Sky Sports.

"Parker looks sharp for a heavyweight but I do see AJ knocking him out". "Let me be humble with it: I wanna perform well, it's a 12 round fight, and if it goes there, I'm mentally [ready]". But if AJ struggles some, those favoring Wilder will become a dime a dozen.

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