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Joshua, Parker set for world heavyweight title clash on March 31

14 January 2018

"Training camp is underway and before you know it, March 31 will be upon us".

"I'm delighted to get this fight made. champions should fight champions and AJ continues to step up to the challenges", Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn said.

To see which promoter came out on top, hit play at the top of the article. "A couple of months ago I heard him say, 'Why should I be anxious about this little kid from New Zealand?' Well, now he's about to find out".

Parker's camp have been pushing for the fight ever since Joshua defeated Takam a year ago.

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He made two successful defences of the title before claiming two further straps, the WBA title and lightly-regarded IBO belt, with a cracking stoppage win over former lineal heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley last April. My entire existence is now devoted to proving what the boxing world already knows'.

"It's a unification Heavyweight Championship fight, everyone knows what happened the last time I was in one". "Champions should fight Champions and AJ continues to step up to the challenges". It has taken some time to strike a deal between the two camps, with public negotiations playing out in term of purse splits, options and at times public berating of each other.

"He thinks he's got me physically - he may be big, he may be strong with all these muscles, but muscles aren't going to help you in the fight apart from power".

Joshua has fought just once since beating the now retired Wladimir Klitschko, which came in a 10th-round stoppage of Frenchman Carlos Takam in October previous year - also in Cardiff - having been originally slated to face Kubrat Pulev only for injury to prevent the Bulgarian from competing.

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"Joseph Parker is the absolute epitome of the Kiwi sporting battler".

"He's never been stopped, never even been wobbled in the ring". Parker has held the WBO world title since December 2016 claiming the then-vacant title with a tight points victory over Andy Ruiz Jnr. He won a lopsided decision against Razvan Cojanu in New Zealand on May 6 and then he traveled to Manchester, England, and won a majority decision against mandatory challenger Hughie Fury, the cousin of former world champion Tyson Fury, in his hometown on September 23.

Joshua will look to beat Parker in style to set up another massive heavyweight clash with WBC champion Deontay Wilder, who faces Luis Ortiz a few weeks earlier in NY.

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Joshua, Parker set for world heavyweight title clash on March 31