Date: 1st April 2018 at 8:51am
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After what was a classic display of boxing as opposed to a slug fest, between Joshua and Parker, both fighters were interviewed in the ring, after the fight, by Sky Sports.

After adding the WBO belt to his collection, Anthony Joshua had this to say about the bout,

‘This was about boxing finesse – I stuck to my word. I know what it takes to be a champion. Joshua Parker said he wanted a war, but it was all about boxing finesse. The main thing we cannot forget is that I am the unified heavyweight champion of the world.’

When pressed as to whether conquering the US was now in his plans, Joshua re-iterated his desire to stay and fight in the UK, replying,

‘I’m not interested in coming to America. All these years, we’ve gone to the States, people have spent a lot of money following British boxers over there. But we can do it in London, Cardiff. We are staying right here.?

And as for a future opponent, the Watford fighter added,

‘I want Wilder. Or Fury. Get him in the ring and I’ll knock him spark out.’

The clamour for Joshua to take on big-punching Wilder grows by the day.

As for the beaten Kiwi, Joseph Parker had this to say to Sky Sports, reflecting on the defeat, Parker mused,

‘I want to go back and come back stronger. I have no regrets, we take it on the chin. We’ll be back again and we’ll work harder to come back. I would love to have another go.’

When pushed on whether the continual interruptions by the referee, when it came to fighting close-up had affected the fight, Parker further added,

‘We could have worked inside more, we can’t change it. Of course, I’m young, fit and strong. I’m fit to go 12 rounds, thanks to all the New Zealanders here and back home.?

And with regards to his opponent, Parker finished with,

?He is a good big man and was better on the day. We’ll be back.’

Parker, we have to say, was a credit to the sport, behaving impeccably during the build-up, he?s young enough to come back and, who knows, the duo could meet again somewhere down the line.

 

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