Joshua, Parker Heavyweight Title Fight Set To Be Announced

Joseph Parker has been playing a clever promotional game in calling out fellow world champion Anthony Joshua

SPORT Joseph Parker has been playing a clever promotional game in calling out fellow world champion Anthony Joshua

Fury is expected to fight for the first time in two-and-a-half years in April, while Joshua is now in advanced talks over a bout with New Zealand's WBO champion Joseph Parker.

And in what appeared to be a rehearsed dig at Parker, presenter Norton made fun of the Kiwi's physical condition, showing an unflattering picture and saying: "Can I just say that looks like it's going to be quite an easy fight ..."

They have talked themselves up and now Parker has to front up.

A press conference will be held in London featuring the main protagonists if and when the contract is signed.

"Listen, I'm not scared of the guy". I know that I can burn it off fast and get in shape fast. I don't care if he's angry or not, that's part of the game. David Higgins has got a lot to say for himself, he's a amusing character, and Anthony Joshua doesn't like what Joseph Parker has been saying.

"I feel he is a great fighter, I have a lot of respect for him and he has great power". I'm going there to knock him out cold. But styles make fights and I feel like his style matches me perfectly. "It will come down to the day, who is taking the hardest hits and who has the best day that day". I have a lot of confidence in myself.

Joseph Parker's promoter David Higgins has revealed to ESPN that a unification bout against Anthony Joshua is "very close" to being announced but negotiations might still go on into next week. But to be honest, I'm more excited than nervous.

Parker, Higgins and even head trainer Kevin Barry have been very critical of Joshua's wins, Joshua's ability to take a punch, and they labeled Joshua's style of fighting as "robotic". I don't know, I think I've done all the fireworks leading up to this on social media.

"If we get the deal fully done then I'll send him on a plane straight away", he added. He's refreshed and ready to put the final touches for the biggest fight of his unbeaten career. It's been an awesome holiday. I've worked with other heavyweights and although I'm young, I've worked at a high level in boxing for a long time.

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