Joshua to face Parker in heavyweight unification fight

Anthony Joshua works out with his trainer Rob McCracken

Joshua holds the WBA and IBF titles, while Parker, from New Zealand, is the WBO champion.

Joshua unified the WBA and IBF titles with his famous win over Wladimir Klitschko last April, before subsequently battling out a late stoppage win over Takam in Cardiff in October.

Following weeks of negotiations, the 28-year-old Joshua confirmed the fight was on in a video posted on his official Twitter account.

Asked about Parker's pre-fight comments, Joshua exclusively told Sky Sports: "I haven't seen them all, but I've heard some of them. Training camp is underway and before you know it, March 31 will be upon us".

Joseph Parker is set for a showdown with Anthony Joshua in MarchHow can I get tickets? "A couple of months ago I heard him say 'why should I be anxious about this little kid from New Zealand"? I am looking forward to it.

"In the last fight I saw with [Wladimir] Klitschko, he got knocked down, got up, showed a lot of heart, so credit to him".

Anthony Joshua- muscles on muscles
Anthony Joshua- muscles on muscles

The American, whose three-year reign as champion is the longest in the division, wants a fight with Joshua, calling the British Olympic gold medal victor out after beating Bermane Stiverne in November. And the world is about to find out whether AJ can really take a punch.

Joshua said he always knew the fight was coming as both boxers continue their quest to become the first undisputed heavweight champion of the world since Lennox Lewis in 1999.

"Eddie has been great to work with from day one", Higgins said.

Matchroom Boxing, Joshua's promoters, said the bout would take place at the 74,500 capacity Principality Stadium, best known for staging Wales rugby union internationals. In his most recent fight, last September, he overcame Tyson Fury's cousin, Hughie Fury, via unconvincing majority decision at the Manchester Arena. He's consistently fought fighters in the world's top 10 and he's beaten them all easily.

"But I think I can beat anyone in the world - I would not be here if I did not believe in myself".

The division's other undefeated champion, World Boxing Council belt holder Deontay Wilder, defends his crown against Cuba's Luis Ortiz at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York, on March 3, it was announced earlier in the day.

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