Anthony Joshua defeats Joseph Parker via unanimous decision

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In the end, Parker managed to take away Joshua's ideal knockout record but lost his WBO heavyweight title to the Briton, making Joshua the unified heavyweight champion of the world.

Joshua seeks to add to his haul of the WBA and IBF World title belts by defeating undefeated fellow world champion Joseph Parker, who holds the WBO World strap.

After beating Joseph Parker via unanimous decision, Anthony Joshua says he'd want to fight Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury.

Parker's trainer backed up his fighter's claim that the referee's ability to understand English was not up to scratch.

Immediately after Parker landed a left hook but it was Joshua's round. "Get him [Wilder] in the ring and I'll knock him spark out".

He wasn't quite good enough on the night against a fighter in Joshua who keeps surprising with his ability to improve. I don't get nervous, I don't get scared, I don't get butterflies, I don't have no feeling towards the man I'm fit to fight.

"Training camp is all about rehearsal, sparring is rehearsal, so when I put this weight into the real thing, if everything goes to plan you'll see I'll be a lot sharper and my reactions and timing will be a lot better".

"If they stepped up and were actually serious about the fight, and serious about a deal we are more than happy to offer them, it could happen next".


"I think it has to happen in 2018", Hearn said of the Wilder fight, "otherwise we are going to hit some major problems with the politics and the mandatories".

"I know fans want blood but sometimes it's just not there. I'm young, fit, strong, I didn't go down and showed I'm fit to go 12 rounds".

But most also thought he would win by knockout, like he had his previous 20 professional fights. We need people like Joseph Parker in the division.

Speaking afterwards, Parker told Sky Sports: "Today I got beaten by a better champion". If it does take place, then a win for Joshua would see him take Wilder's WBC belt and make him undisputed heavyweight king.

Anthony Joshua is class, class act.

Even some of Wilder's own fans have turned on the undefeated fighter for his weird desire to kill a fellow fighter.

He added: "We're looking at all options but I would say with the experience we've made over the last three months, with the fan base and brand awarenesss that Joe and Duco have developed here in the United Kingdom, I think there is every chance our next fight will be here in the UK".

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