Anthony Joshua vs. Joseph Parker, billed as Road to Undisputed, is an upcoming professional boxing heavyweight unification match contested between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker. The event is scheduled to take place on 31 March 2018 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, with Joshua’s IBF, WBA (Super) and IBO heavyweight titles and Parker’s WBO heavyweight title on the line.
It was reported that Joseph Parker’s team were looking at Lucas Browne as a potential match-up if they failed to land a unification fight with Joshua. According to Higgins, a date in March 2018 was being discussed with Joshua’s team, however Eddie Hearn offered an 80–20 split, which would favour Joshua. Higgins spoke to Fairfax Media, saying the offer would need to be more reasonable, also taking into consideration the fight would take place in the UK. Other names discussed for a summer 2018 fight included Bryant Jennings and Alexander Povetkin.
Joshua and Parker both came in lighter compared to their respective previous bouts. Parker weighed in first at 236.7 pounds, his lightest since he fought Solomon Haumono in July 2016. Joshua weighed 242.2 pounds, his lightest since 2014 when he fought Michael Sprott.
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