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The Panel Predicts: AJ/Parker

Join Me, British Featherweight Champion Ryan Walsh, Rising Amateur Prospect Josh Adawale, Prizefighter Champion Wadi Camacho and Upcoming Prospect Linus Udofia As We Predict Tomorrow Nights Main Event


By Aaron Cooper

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, children of all ages. After what has felt like an eternity, we are just one day away from fight night. WBA 'Super' & IBF Champion Anthony Joshua and WBO Champion, New Zealand's Joseph Parker will make history tomorrow night regardless of the result. Two undefeated champions fighting to unify the heavyweight title has never before been seen on British soil. In fact, the last time the world saw two unbeaten heavyweight champions square off was over thirty years ago when Mike Tyson met Tony Tucker in 1987.

But I've been paying close attention to the WBO Champion this week. Joshua has been here before, we know he is more than capable of handling the spotlight. After all, he's been doing it for his whole career. It's fair to say Parker has not. But whilst he has seemed cool and calm all week, I do question how he will react under the bright lights of the Principality Stadium.In fact, I have more questions that need answering from Parker, as Joshua ticked most of the boxes in his fight against Wladimir Klitschko last April. After all, Parker sees this as a career-defining fight. AJ sees this as the natural progression to becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. 

Everything seems to favour the young Briton, but do our panel agree?

Ryan Walsh (Reigning British Featherweight Champion)

I see a Joshua knockout in the mid to late rounds (7-10). It will be a very good competitive fight maybe a slower pace than last time out for AJ but he will find the off button on Parker’s skull!!

Linus Udofia (Rising Super-Lightweight Prospect 8-0)

"I think Parker will be all over Joshua in the first three rounds. From then on AJ will take over and stop him in about the 8th. I just don't think Parker can handle his power. I do think AJ will get caught though.

Josh Adawale (Top Ranked Amateur)

" I feel it's not going to be very different to how AJ's fights usually are with these 'Top' opponents. Parker hasn't been tested much and when he has come up against decent opponents he's struggled. A lot of people thought Hughie Fury deserved the decision when he fought Parker. I cant see it going the distance and id put my money on AJ getting him out of there before the 8th round!"

Wadi Camacho (Prizefighter Champion)

"Simple. AJ to win by KO in rounds 6 to 8."

Aaron Cooper (Lead Journalist @IntuBoxing)

"Joshua has shown that he is not invincible and that he can be beaten. But Joseph Parker will not be the man to do it. He looked poor against Fury, and I think he's incredibly fortunate to be a champion in the first place as I thought Ruiz Jr beat him!! They both make a lot of mistakes fundamentally. But Parker's are more glaring. What worries me is how low he drops the guard hand whenever he goes to load up to head or body .... And Mr. Joshua is a big counter puncher! AJ within 9.

But we've all seemingly written off Joseph Parker, is that foolhardy?

Ryan Walsh - "For Parker to win he’s going to have to show something we’ve never seen, and he’s never done before. That being put on a huge work rate with loads of lateral movement. In AJ's last fight he struggled with Takam's movement. The best chance Parker has is to land his power punches and hope for a knockout. Judging of AJs fight with Klitschko that’s no small fete!