If you couple that with Joshua not looking spectacular in his last bout against Takam, you could say that for the first time since Joshua and Wilder have been measured against each other, that it is AJ who has a little to prove when he goes against Parker who is among the top five heavyweights in the world. You'll be in for a good fight for sure. If it goes into a dark place, how long will I stay there for?
Wilder will be watching on Showtime back in America and is expecting Whyte to climb in the ring and call him or Joshua out, providing "AJ" overcomes fellow unbeaten champion Parker. While Parker is also an undefeated champion, Joshua is an outlier because of his size, strength and ability. The huge world title unification fight is to be aired on Showtime in the United States of America, with the boxers ranked first and third in the heavyweight division coming to blows at Wales' Principality Stadium on March 31. Lewis held the IBF, WBA and WBC titles in 2000.
The fighters weighed-in ahead of the unification clash at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, with Joshua displaying a noticeably leaner physique. The two will square-off with the WBA and WBO heavyweight inter-continental and worldwide belts at stake.
While Joshua is defending his World Boxing Association (WBA), International Boxing Federation (IBF) and International Boxing Organization (IBO) titles, Parker is putting his World Boxing Organization (WBO) on the line.
"'How did he forever want to improve?' - I ask these questions". I stated this would be boxing finesse, and I stuck to my word and I controlled behind the jab, the counter punches. We can do it in London, Wembley, Cardiff - it's local.
The key problem according to Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn was that, according to Hearn, Wilder wanted the whole act of him getting in the ring with Joshua (if he won) to be scripted and not organically let happen - how Joshua would have wanted.
In the later rounds, Joshua will put it on him and pressurise him.
The fight will be a tough one for both parties as they look to end each other's unbeaten runs. "It will not be easy because he is fighting with someone who has a good chin of rock in Parker". Joshua also has the added bonus coming through a war with one of the best ever, Wladimir Klitskcho.
The 26-year-old slips to a professional record of 24 wins and a solitary loss, while Joshua has 21 victories from as many contests.
"We'll see on March 31, one how good Joseph Parker is and two how mentally strong he is".
This fight is going the distance.
Joshua came in at a career-high 254 pounds for 10th-round TKO of late replacement Carlos Takam last October.
No doubts then over Parker's punch endurance but Joshua, who weighed in at a trim 17st 4lbs, was the man lighter on his feet and certainly not overmatched in terms of stamina.
He added, "So many scenarios can play out in the first round".
It seems Parker will come in significantly lighter than Joshua, enabling him to take over the speed advantage.
Joshua hits the pads at the open workout.
As a fellow Brit, I love Anthony Joshua!
Joshua will win. He has to be smart, and use his jab. Swing a left hook jump on your chest. The third man in the ring will be Italy's Giuseppe Quartarone. Joshua nearly had Parker rocking with a combination in the eighth round and landed a right uppercut on the inside early in the ninth round.