Anthony Joshua earned a well deserved points victory over Joseph Parker at the Principality Stadium on Saturday, unifying the division by winning Parker’s WBO heavyweight title. The 28-year-old now holds the WBA, IBF, an WBO belts, and it appears that Joshua is keen to maintain his momentum by booking a fight with current WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
Following his victory over Joseph Parker, AJ sent a clear warning to Wilder, vowing to ‘spark out’ the remaining world champion. “Wilder, or [Tyson] Fury. Either one.” said Joshua “What would I have to do to beat Wilder? Get him in the ring and I knock him spark out.”
Rumours of a proposed fight between Joshua and Wilder have been rife over the last few months, and with AJ chasing all four current heavyweight championship belts, a future clash seemed inevitable. According to Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn however, Wilder and his people have been running away from the challenge.
“They don’t want it, they’ve never approached us,” said Hearn. “Joshua’s here – he fights all the champions, he wins all the belts. At 22 fights he has the chance to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
“Don’t forget how fast he’s moving. Deontay Wilder’ people don’t contact us, they don’t want to know. He talks the talk but he can’t walk the walk and AJ says, ‘if he wants to come here, he’ll get knocked spark out’.”
Anthony Joshua has been hailed as one of the greatest boxers of the modern era in recent years, and whilst his impressive 20 knockouts from 20 fights record told the story of a fierce ‘fighter’, his points victory over Joseph Parker proved that AJ could also be an astute tactical boxer. Parker managed to take AJ to the 12th round, which is further than any other fighter had achieved, and despite losing the fight, Parker received high praise from many fans and boxing experts.
Deontay Wilder was quick to heap praise on Parker following the fight, and posting to instagram, the American took the opportunity to respond to Joshua’s challenge directly.
Wilder wrote: “What a robbery, wow. Joseph Parker great job bro, oh my God don’t apologise you did nothing wrong, you’re a true champion. Anthony Joshua I accept 100%.”