Date: 23rd March 2018 at 9:26am
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In just over a week, Anthony Joshua will be hoping to add the WBO world heavyweight belt to the WBA and IBF belts he currently holds, in a unification fight against Joseph Parker.

The fight sees two unbeaten heavyweights go head-to-head in what should be a decent fight.

Last time out, Anthony Joshua registered win number 20 of his professional career when he stopped Carlos Takem, back in October.

But Joshua surprised many people that night by weighing in at a career-high of 18st 2ibs, his heaviest ever fight weight.

Many pundits thought the extra weight did the champion no favours, with Joshua looking a little cumbersome at times and gassed out.

Ahead of his fight with Parker, who has won all 24 of his fights, Joshua has pledged to come in a lot lighter for this bout.

Following a very entertaining open workout, Joshua had this to say about his weight, remarking to the media,

‘Around this time in my last camp, I was around the same weight I am right now,’

‘I don’t know how I shot up in weight in fight week. Maybe I relaxed, maybe I was so exhausted that I lay on the bed eating. It went on so easily. I spent three months training every day and then for a week did little.

‘I’m learning. Fight week is as important as camp. I won’t be coming in that heavy, I really doubt it.’


Against Parker, Joshua could well benefit from being lighter as it will inject a little more speed and mobility into his work against an opponent that could be considered the most dangerous he has fought so far in his professional career.

 

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