The Englishman is a clear favourite in the Joshua v Parker betting at 8/1, but some of the big names in boxing are seeing it much closer than that.
Tyson Fury’s uncle and former trainer Peter Fury is expecting Parker to be no walk in the park for the Olympic Gold Medallist.
Parker is 24-0 and Fury believes there’s a slight chance the New Zealander can do it if he gives Joshua no room to land those powerful punches. Otherwise, he will be stopped.
He has a good handle on Parker too, following his son’s defeat to the WBO heavyweight champion by majority decision back in September.
The world renowned trainer and former cornerman of Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto and Amir Khan, believes Joshua will be far too much for Parker to handle.
Despite being a huge fan of Parker and believing he’s a much better fighter than people give him credit for, he believes it may be a fight too far for him.
David Haye believes this fight is the most meaningful bout in a long time as two unbeaten fighters put it all on the line.
Haye believes the fight is finely poised with Parker a young man in his prime, free of any injuries and few miles on the clock. It’s the fight to see who’s the best in the division according to the Hayemaker.
The winner will likely take on Deontay Wilder with Anthony Joshua’s camp really keen to make this fight happen.
The WBC world heavyweight champion is perhaps already stoking the fire by firmly backing Parker to win in Cardiff. He expects the 26-year-old to take the fight to the later rounds and knock Joshua to the canvas.
Whether that’s early mind games before going up against the Brit is another story. This story will continue.
Former cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew is having a foray into heavyweight boxing with his fights against David Haye but wouldn’t go anywhere near Anthony Joshua.
Bellew claims Joshua will absolutely eat Parker and gives the New Zealander no chance come the big fight in March.
Dillian Whyte has already gone up against Joshua and did himself justice by going seven rounds with AJ.
He’s witnessed his power and believes that will be enough to stop Parker within six rounds.
Whyte doesn’t believe Parker is mentally or physically strong enough and expects a stoppage early doors.