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Those belts are mine, Parker tells Joshua as big fight looms

Those belts are mine, Parker tells Joshua as big fight looms

Asked if that could make Joshua, the IBF and WBA world heavyweight champion, more unsafe at the Principality Stadium, Parker said: "I think it will make him risky but it won't be controlled".

"I'm taking these belts back to New Zealand".

"It keeps me motivated", he said. "It's not just about winning, which I believe I'm capable of doing, it's how I look doing it and I know I can look phenomenal doing it as well". But that's not the mind-set. We love challenges, we see this as a big challenge which is why I want to fight him.

The then-IBF champion's first stadium bout was the stunning defeat of Ukrainian legend Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley last April that won him the WBA (Super) and IBO heavyweight crowns.

Joshua said he will extend his unbeaten professional record.

Until they went face-to-face at lunchtime today, Anthony Joshua was not really sure what sort of height advantage he had over Joseph Parker. "There's a physical and mental preparation and that had everything in it".

Later, standing and holding an apple and a glass of water, Parker spoke to the many media hoping to get their own time with him. If I'm victorious, I can look at future plans'.

The press conference went off without any real drama as both fighters remained respectful throughout. I'm young, I'm fast, I'm strong. I'm cold-blooded. Everything's thought about in my head properly.

If you can't make it to Cardiff, there are other ways to take in the fight.

"I'm going to beat him but I haven't decided how I want to beat him yet".

WBC title holder Deontay Wilder will be ringside as Joshua fights Parker, and could try to pursue a huge unification bout with the victor.

The victor potentially faces a showdown with American Deontay Wilder, who has the other major title and is undefeated with 39 knockouts in 40 professional fights.

"Deontay Wilder doesn't dictate my career". 'The fear of losing is that unless I take care of my business nobody is going to want to interview me.

But having seen at close quarters what he will be up against in the Principality Stadium I have a simple message for this amiable Kiwi: Best of luck.

"Twenty fights, twenty knockouts, and every single person going into the fight - they believed they had the key".

"What we've been doing has been working and you have to trust in our process".



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