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AJ edging towards Parker win

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Anthony Joshua has backed Joseph Parker to retain his WBO heavyweight title, if he can "pin Hughie Fury down" in Saturday's fight.

Parker is defending his WBO belt in Fury's hometown of Manchester, with the winner progressing to join Joshua and Deontay Wilder as an unbeaten world champion.

Joseph Parker and Hughie Fury pose during a press conference on September 18, 2017. © Reuters/Andrew Couldridge Joseph Parker and Hughie Fury pose during a press conference on September 18, 2017. "Parker is more of the brute - a stronger guy. He has that New Zealand style, he's very strong," Joshua exclusively told Sky Sports.

"Hughie, like his older cousin Tyson Fury, is on his back foot jabbing. He moves off and takes a little walk around the ring. He can do that round after round, and feel comfortable.

"It's a really good fight because, over a 12-round fight, there's nowhere to hide. If Parker can pin Hughie Fury down, he should get the win."

Parker, aged 25, is unbeaten in 23 fights having won and defended the vacant WBO title which was previously vacated by Tyson Fury. Hughie, two years younger than Parker, is 22-0.

© Morpheus Bulletin Parker and Fury's Monday press conference was dominated by arguments over the appointment of the referee, with Marcus McDonnell later replacing Terry O'Connor as this weekend's ring official.

"I want my son to win a world title with no hidden agendas," said Hughie's father and trainer Peter Fury.

Parker added: "It's very easy [to ignore] because I have a great team that deal with the noise. My job is to focus on boxing. There are no excuses."

Watch Luke Campbell challenge Jorge Linares for the WBA lightweight title on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports from 3am on Sunday.

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