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Anthony Joshua To Face Joseph Parker With Undisputed Heavy Weight Titles On The Line

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| March 31 , 2018 , 18:13 IST

2012 London Olympic Games Gold Medalist Anthony Joshua, is ready to answer his critics as he goes up against Joseph Parker on Saturday in a heavyweight title unification bout.

British fighter Joshua's International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Association (WBA) title will be at stake, with New Zealand's Parker putting his World Boxing Organisation (WBO) belt on the line.

The Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales is going to host this fight. It has a seating capacity of 78,000 and is expected to be sold out in the clash of two undefeated champions.

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"If he loses composure in the ring, I will be able to tell," Joshua told the media on Friday. "Even though it's a phenomenal atmosphere there is one ring, one referee. If I'm in any arena, you just have to simplify the madness and the chaos."

Joshua and Parker weighed in on Friday to make the fight official. While Joshua hit his mark at 110.3 kgs, Parker’s weigh scale read at 102.3 kgs.

The lighter weight suggests Joshua is well aware of the need for ring movement against Parker, who was some 4.5 kgs lighter since outpointing Britain's Hughie Fury last year.

"Taking that bit of weight off makes this fight a little easier, I feel better. Training is all about rehearsal and so is sparring, but it has gone well. You will see I will be a lot sharper." Joshua after the weigh-in.

"My reflexes will be sharper and my speed will be much sharper," he added.

While Parker insisted that he has no excuses from his side to not get the job done against the much talked about the opponent he faces.

"There are no excuses from my side."I am 100 percent ready. No injury, no niggles, I back myself to be the best in the world, there's no need to be flinching.” said Parker

He added, "So many scenarios can play out in the first round. If it's down to me, I'm going to chase him."

Even though Joshua is a couple of years elder to Parker, the Kiwi has had more fights than the Brit.

However, in combat sports records don’t mean anything if the two contesting champions are eyeing greatness with a myopic vision.