Anthony Joshua Wins Unanimous Decision over Joseph Parker
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: April 01, 2018
CARDIFF, WALES – In front of a crowd of nearly 80,000 fans at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales British superstar Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) further cemented himself as the top heavyweight in the world winning a wide unanimous decision over New Zealand’s Joseph Parker (24-1, 18 KOs). With the victory, Joshua now holds the WBO heavyweight title. Adding the title to his collection makes him the owner of three of the four major world titles (IBF, WBA, and WBO) with only the WBC title held by Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) missing.
The fight between Joshua and Parker was the first heavyweight unification title match since 1987 when Mike Tyson faced off against Tony Tucker. The action that took place throughout the bout was less than stellar. Both men came out cautious with Parker fighting off of his back foot. There were many rounds where nothing much happened leaving some problematic rounds to score for the judges. The most significant takeaway fans came away with from the bout is the poor job done by referee Giussepe Quartarone. Quaratarone halted the action in the fight numerous times when the two heavyweights were in the middle of exchanging blows.
There were times during the fight where Parker seemed to be outboxing Joshua showing a good defense and landing the right hand on occasion. These moments were too far and between with Joshua being the constant initiator of the action while applying pressure. In the end, the judges favored Joshua’s constant pressure giving the young Englishman a wide unanimous decision victory with scores of 118-110 twice and one scorecard of 119-109.
For the first time in his career, Joshua went the full twelve round distance. With just 21 fights under his belt, Joshua going twelve rounds with Parker can be seen as more of a positive despite the overall subpar performance. Even with Joshua coming away with the victory many will point to this performance against Parker as a reason as to why Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) would still be a formidable opponent for the Olympic gold medalist. Fury will look to make his return to the ring later this year. A Joshua-Fury match would do huge numbers in the United Kingdom. However, fans worldwide want to see Joshua take on Wilder to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion. If a fight between Joshua and Wilder does take place, it may have to be under Joshua’s terms.
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