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Anthony Joshua fight vs Joseph Parker - What time is the heavyweight unification clash? Where is it and how to watch it on TV?

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 31/03/2018 Matthew Cooper

It's been almost a year since Anthony Joshua's dramatic win against Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley.

He remains undefeated and retains the IBF world heavyweight title which he has held since 2016, along with the WBA and IBO titles.

His opponent in Cardiff on Saturday night is WBO world heavyweight champion Joseph Parker.

Joshua currently has 20 knockouts from 20 fights and will be looking to maintain that.

Mancunian favourite Anthony Crolla also features on the undercard and will be fighting Edson Ramirez.

Where and when is the fight?

The fight will take place in front of 75,000+ people at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on Saturday 31 March.

What TV channel is Joshua vs Parker on?

The fight will be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office from 6pm on Saturday 31 March. It will cost £19.95 and can be booked here.

The undercard will fight first before Joshua and Parker, who are expected to take to the ring no later than 10.30pm.

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Who is Joseph Parker?

Joseph Parker is a 26-year-old boxer from New Zealand with Samoan heritage. Like Joshua, Parker is undefeated to date, having won 24 fights and 18 of them by KO.

Parker turned professional in the summer of 2012 after narrowly missing out on the Olympics in London that year.

As of November 2017, Parker has the 24th longest combined title streak in the post-war heavyweight history at three title bouts.

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Who is on the undercard?

Main event

Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker (WBA 'super' and IBF & WBO world heavyweight titles)

Undercard

Ryan Burnett v Yonfrez Parejo (WBA world bantamweight)

Alexander Povetkin v David Price (heavyweight)

Josh Kelly v Carlos Molina (welterweight - 10x3 mins)

Anthony Crolla v Edson Ramirez (lightweight - 10x3 mins)

Joe Cordina v Andy Townend (lightweight - 10x3 mins)

Morgan Jones v Mose Auimatagi Jnr (super middleweight - 6x3 mins)

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Who is favourite and what are the odds?

Joshua is a strong favourite as he usually is and the payout on AJ winning is very slim.

AJ is at 1/6 to win while Parker is at 9/2.

AJ to win by KO, TKO or Disqualification is at 1/3.

Odds

AJ - 1/6

Draw - 33/1

Parker - 9/2

What have they been saying?

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Anthony Joshua:

"You still need to keep that challenger's mindset. I'm still the challenger in my head.

"Sometimes I try and not be seen with the belts too much, I let other people do the enjoyment because I've got to do the challenger mindset.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge of Parker but, just because now I'm the hunted, it's not time to put my feet up and relax, I'm out there defending my throne on Saturday night.

"Physically I've always tried to prepare myself the best way. Not only that, I'm starting to believe in myself which is important. I'm believing in my ability, I'm focused."

Joseph Parker:

"I'm going to beat him. I haven't even decided how I'm going to beat him yet. I'll see how I feel on fight night.

"This is the best time. He's at his best; I'm at my best. There's going to be no excuses: whoever wins will be the best man on the day. These (belts) are mine.

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