Joshua to fight Parker in heavyweight unification bout


LONDON (AP) – Anthony Joshua will fight New Zealand’s Joseph Parker in a world heavyweight title clash in Cardiff on March 31.

Their eagerly awaited unification bout takes place at the Principality Stadium, with the big-punching rivals putting their belts and unbeaten records on the line. Joshua is 20-0 and Parker 24-0.

The 28-year-old Joshua (WBA and IBF) is a huge fan favorite in Britain prompting 90,000 fans to flock to Wembley stadium to see his epic victory against Wladimir Klitschko in April. He survived the first knockdown of his career to stop the Ukrainian veteran in the 11th round. It was the biggest heavyweight fight in British history.

If Joshua beats the 26-year-old Parker (WBO), he will likely next take on unbeaten American Deontay Wilder (WBC).

The last undisputed heavyweight champion of the world was Lennox Lewis in 1999.