Anthony Joshua: It’s going to be so tough for Joseph Parker… 78,000 fans will be baying for me to flatten him – 4th and final edition

Anthony Joshua: It’s going to be so tough for Joseph Parker… 78,000 fans will be baying for me to flatten him – 4th and final edition

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

“I’ve always been a 12-round fighter. Even in the early days when I was winning fights in the first couple of rounds, instead of going back to the changing rooms and showering and relaxing, I’d go another 10 rounds on the pads with my trainer.”

“Don’t get me wrong, I love a knockout, but I’ve always been prepared to go the distance if anyone can stay with me that long. So, I’ve been preparing for nights like Saturday — when anything can happen — for a long time.”

“I’ve never lasted the distance in the pro ranks but, that’s not my fault; it’s just my opponents have never lasted that long. Team Parker say their man has the capabilities to last physically for 12 rounds as he’s shown in his previous fights. They’ve praised the hard work that he’s put in during his camp and have also said that the elbow surgery after his last fight will rejuvenate his performance.”

“It’s now just two days away and already the atmosphere is building. There was a great turnout at the open workout on Wednesday and, with every twist and turn, you can already feel the buzz and excitement from the Cardiff crowd.”

“All that is left now is the weigh-in. There has been a lot of talk about my weight and there will be a lot of interest to how we both measure up on the scales.”

“I spent this camp focusing on improving my technique and ability and I feel razor sharp, which people will be able to see that at Friday’s weigh-in. I try not to talk about him much as it’d get to his head but I think Eddie Hearn deserves a mention for putting on this event.”

“The guy knows how much unifying the division means to me and how much the public want to see the best fighters go head to head in the ring. In that quest, he has brought Joseph Parker over to the UK so that on Saturday night the people watching in the stadium, in the pubs or at home, will get to see two heavyweight world champions in action.”

“I know I’ll win and add another belt as I get one step closer to unifying the division, something no one has done since Lennox Lewis 20 years ago. But I’m not the only draw: among others there’s Joshua Buatsi, who’s well worth a watch and reminds me of Evander Holyfield.”

“There’s no shortage of entertainment on the under card and I think it will go down as one of the greatest nights in British boxing history.”

“Of the main event, Parker and I both boast a 100 per cent win record so I know he is coming over here full of confidence in his ability to cause me problems — and he has gone as far to say that, if he hits me cleanly once, I will be out.”

“He sat at the press conference on Tuesday and stated the belts were his and he was going to take them back to New Zealand. Samoa, the island where his family are from, also announced a day of prayer this week in honor of Parker, so there is a lot of pressure on him to perform as he has the weight of two countries on his back.”

“Parker says he has the speed advantage over me and that will be a decisive factor but I know how to counter-punch, make him pay and make him miss. I’ll punish him when he’s throwing at me and I’ll punish him when he’s thinking of throwing at me.”

“I’ll break him down. It will be a tough night for him. A wise man once said anticipation and timing beats speed, it’s not just a big punch it’s the counter-punch, footwork and timing that he will have to deal with.”

“I know that the fans are excited at the prospects of 2018 but we have to focus on the fight this Saturday to ensure we can achieve the goals we’ve set. We have to embrace the moment as every fight is a blessing and every fight has a reason in the long run.”

“Parker adds to my journey. He is the WBO heavyweight world champion and a worthy opponent. Physically and mentally I have prepared for this fight and I’m ready for the challenge.”

“Parker is not — he won’t have encountered anything like the roof closed — a Dragon’s Den at the Principality Stadium. He’ll find out very quickly on Saturday night that there is nowhere to hide with 78,000 fans wanting to see me knock him out.”

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

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