Anthony Joshua exclusive: It’s showtime and the talking is done, so now we’ll find out if Joseph Parker is another Wladimir Klitschko or not – Part 3

Anthony Joshua exclusive: It’s showtime and the talking is done, so now we’ll find out if Joseph Parker is another Wladimir Klitschko or not – Part 3
Joshua and Parker at the press conference yesterday

These are the thoughts and words of Joshua expressed to a free English newspaper that is publish everyday during fight week.

“Every fighter’s different in their character and, with Joseph Parker, there’s echoes of Wladimir Klitschko.”

“Yesterday, I was back in the Sky Studio for a press conference – the last time I was there doing that it was the Klitschko fight. And like Wladimir, I respect how Parker remained professional and conducted himself so well; none of the trash talk.”

“I like to think the message that my trainer Rob McCracken relayed put everything into perspective and that’s why I am so confident going into the fight.”

“He can seem like the quiet man in my corner but he’s so influential – he teaches me to be mentally strong and not rely just on my physical attributes alone.”

“It’s a common refrain for a fighter at the pre-fight press conference to say they are in great shape and that it’s been their best camp as a fighter – then come fight night they actually fail to deliver. In contrast, Rob trains me to produce.”

“The belief he shows in my ability is the reason that I train 110% for each fight as he knows the standard I can reach and ensures I hit it with every session.”

“From our perspective, the talking is done now and it’s time to focus purely on the fight. My base is now in Cardiff, where I’ll be for the rest of fight week for final preparations. The city has become  a bit of a home from home for me now.”

“Parker and his team have also made their way across and tonight we get to see what he looks like at the open workout. For me, the hard work has been done in camp so I prefer to use the open workout to entertain and interact with the people who take the effort to come down.”

“The support I have received over these last few months and years doesn’t go unnoticed, so these opportunities are good to meet those who turn out.”

“This is my third stadium fight in a row now. I started out in small leisure centres and halls during my amateur days — you have to start somewhere — and imagined big nights of boxing at York Hall and the O2 Arena.”

“My fight against Carlos Takam at the Principality Stadium last time was the largest indoor crowd in boxing history so we are breaking records.

“I have shown that I can rise to the occasion, but this is Parker’s first experience of the atmosphere. He has said he is not going to let the occasion beat him but what you think you are going to feel and what you actually experience are two different things.”

“It’s show time and everyone is watching. He will now see that the whole build-up is bigger than anything he’s used to in terms of the open workout and the weigh-in on Friday. This is where the fight really starts to hype up.”

“When there are so many people cheering and the place is really rocking, will he decide to shut out the noise and waste energy, or ride the wave and become over-excited?”

“If he’s cool, calm and collected, he’ll be able to ride the wave and surf it until the 12th round. But it depends on his character. Is he a Klitschko or not?”

“It is daunting, it is overwhelming and it’s an experience he hasn’t faced yet. If he manages to control himself like a true champion then we will go to war.”

Massive boxing and English football fan from South East London, England.

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