Joseph Parker: Anthony Joshuas weight loss proves hes taking me seriously

Joseph Parker reacts to Anthony Joshua's weigh-in results
Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker go to war tomorrow night (Picture: Reuters)

Joseph Parker was pleased to see Anthony Joshua tip the scales at his lightest weight since 2014.

The WBO champion is the lighter man by six pounds, but Joshuas weight loss means the Kiwi will not have as much of a speed advantage as he was hoping for.

Joshua is the lightest he has been since his tenth professional fight, and Parker believes the weight loss proves the Brit is taking him seriously.

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Us being close in weight makes me think he is taking it seriously, Parker told Sky Sports.

We are similar, we will both be fast tomorrow and throwing bombs. I saw he is confident, Im expecting a really good fight.


The first few rounds could go either way, depends who follows their game plan better – Im ready for anything.

Joseph Parker reacts to Anthony Joshua's weigh-in results
(Picture: Getty)
Joseph Parker reacts to Anthony Joshua's weigh-in results
(Picture: Getty)

Im here for war, youll have to do everything to beat me.

Parker will be six pounds lighter than Joshua as he aims to execute a game plan to tire his rival out before going for a late stoppage.

Joshua is the heavy favourite going into the contest, and can add the WBO title to his world title collection by beating Parker in Cardiff. is reporting in association with Betfair – for latest odds go here.

Joshua vs Parker Betfair Odds

Joshua win 1/5
Parker win 9/2
Draw win 40/1

Method of Victory
Joshua by Decision/Tech Decision – 4/1
Joshua by KO, TKO or DQ – 2/5
Parker by Decision/Tech Decision – 18/1
Parker by KO, TKO or DQ – 7/1

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