British and Nigeria boxer Anthony Joshua on Saturday night, March 31, defeated 26-year-old New Zealander boxer Joseph Parker in the heavyweight boxing fight at Stadium in Cardiff.
With the victory,28-year-old Joshua now holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world heavyweight titles.
The two world champions from the glamour division met to unify titles on British soil. For the away fighter this was a whole new level of scrutiny; for Joshua, it was a third consecutive stadium fight, with a cumulative 250,000 seats sold in the process with the estimated 78,000 in attendance providing a glittering background as smart phones lit up the tiers.
Joshua was announced as the winner by scores of 118-110, 118-110, 119-109 by three refs.
Parker’s best rounds were the first two and possibly the fifth, but he looked the most dangerous when he was tagged. Unfortunately for him, when he went to engage and brawl, the referee got in the way.
The beaten man Joseph Parker admitted he lost to a “better champion” but he at least showed the “granite chin” his camp had built much of their hope on beforehand.
Though Parker lost his world heavyweight unification bout by unanimous decision, he is the first man to go the distance with Joshua.
“My strategy was to stick behind the jab, that’s one of the most important weapons,” Joshua said in the ring afterwards.
“Today I got beaten by a better champion. It’s a good experience being here. Thank you all for the opportunity. No regrets. We’ll be back again. I’d love to have another go; it’s back to the drawing board.” Parker said”.