Date: 1st July 2016 at 6:27pm
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Or risk being stripped of his belt.

Less than a week after extending his professional record to 17-0 whilst also making a first successful defence of his IBF heavyweight crown, Anthony Joshua has been ordered to make a defence of his title against the Kiwi fighter Joseph Parker.

Last Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, Joshua stopped the previously unbeaten Dominic Breazeale in the seventh round, gradually wearing his opponent down before knocking him out.

Joshua, guided by Eddie Hearn, was hoping to slip in a final voluntary defence before taking on Parker who has a record that reads 19-0 with 16 of his wins coming by knockout.

However, the IBF has decreed that Joshua must make his mandatory defence against Parker by January 9th 2017 or risk being stripped of his title.

With Joshua having made a quick defence of the title he won against Prince Charles Martin, the Watford fighter wanted some time out to recharge his batteries which would rule out another voluntary defence.

We?ll keep you abreast of any further news relating to the Joshua v Parker date.