World champion Anthony Joshua gained a unanimous points verdict against Joseph Parker in their heavyweight unification bout held at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium Saturday night.
Joshua added the WBO belt to the WBA and IBF belts he already holds, but he was taken the distance for the first time in his professional career.
It was his 21st straight career victory, although previously unbeaten New Zealander Parker delivered a battling display without seriously troubling Joshua.
Joshua, almost a stone lighter than when he beat Carlos Takam in Cardiff last October, did enough without setting the fight alight, while Parker had his moments, even if an upset victory never looked on.
I want Wilder or Fury
Joshua now holds four of the world’s five heavyweight titles and stands as the unified champion. The one remaining belt, WBC Heavyweight, is held by Deontay Wilder of the United States and, following his victory, Joshua made it abundantly clear that that is the fight he wants next.
“One hundred! You’re asking if I want to be undisputed champion of the world? 21 professional fights, six world championship fights. Forget the hype. I’m about business. If it takes my trainer, Eddie Hearn, plans with Al Haymon, Sherley, I’m down. Wilder, let’s go baby, let’s go!
“I want Wilder or Fury,” he said.
“We’re not satisfied. Even though I’m not the finished article I’m still at the pinnacle.
“No risk, no reward.
“All these years, UK fighters had to go to America, we can do it in London, Wembley, or Cardiff. We’re staying right here.
“I want Wilder – or Fury. Either one,” Joshua reiterated.
— PBC (@premierboxing) March 31, 2018