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Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker will come face-to-face on Friday for the final time before their mammoth unification clash on Saturday night.
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The two unbeaten world heavyweight champions collide for the WBA, IBF and WBO titles at Cardiff's Principality Stadium.

On Friday the two fighters will weigh in ahead of fight night, with both expected to come in lighter than they have in recent fights. You can follow it all here with Sportsmail's DANIEL MATTHEWS.


The undefeated Anthony Joshua will look to add another heavyweight title to his collection on Saturday, when he takes on New Zealand's Joseph Parker—a fellow fighter yet to taste the sting of defeat—at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

With good looks, Herculean muscles and a perfect 20 knockouts in 20 professional bouts, Joshua has quickly become one of the sport's biggest global stars.

Parker is 24-0 in his career with 18 knockouts. He has made two successful defenses of his world title since winning it in a bout with Andy Ruiz Jr. in December 2016. As Ring's third-ranked heavyweight, he figures to be one of the biggest challenges yet for Joshua.

Joshua holds the IBF, IBO and WBA world heavyweight titles, while Parker carries the WBO world heavyweight strap.

Here's how to watch the bout.



Joshua vs. Parker Fight Info

When: Saturday, March 31 at 10 p.m. local, 5 p.m. ET

Where: Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales

TV: Sky Sports Box Office (PPV, UK only), Showtime (U.S.)

Live Stream: Sky Sports Box Office (PPV, UK only), Showtime Anytime (U.S.)

Joshua is just one fight removed from his signature win, a back-and-forth thriller with Wladimir Klitschko that ended with the Englishman forcing a stoppage in the 11th round, but not before he suffered a knockdown of his own earlier in the fight.

He followed that up with a 10th-round TKO win over Carlos Takam, a match that saw Joshua's nose damage and Takam's face carved up by several rounds of punishment.

With his last two bouts lasting significantly longer than just about any of his first 18, the 28-year-old Joshua has gained valuable experience, even if it's raised some questions.

He took significant punishment from Klitschko, and at one point in the bout looked like he might collapse from exhaustion. Takam was able to rough him up a bit early, but Joshua kept the ship righted and looked better off in the late rounds.

Joshua knows Parker is a dangerous opponent, but he believes he's already got a strategy worked out to beat him.

"The difference is I know how to counter-punch," Joshua said, per Stuff.co.nz's Duncan Johnstone.

"I haven't seen Parker counter-punching anyone. 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."

Joshua has the power to make opponents think twice about going on the offensive, but Parker is capable of fighting in myriad ways and may yet be an improved fighter.

Parker had surgery on his elbows late in 2017, something his team is spinning as a plus. Parker's promoter, David Higgins, said his fighter has "got his snap in his jab back," per ESPN.com's Will Kent.

Stamina could be another solved issue for the 26-year-old New Zealander, as he looks to prove he's not just a stepping stone to a potential Joshua-Deontay Wilder superfight. Per CBS Sports' Brian Campbell, many saw a diminished Parker in 2017:

"However, many boxing fans and critics -- particularly those in the United States -- haven't remained as sober while taking stock of Parker's strengths. A lot of that has to do with how pedestrian he appeared in 2017, particularly in a close majority decision win over England's Hughie Fury last September in his opponent's backyard of Manchester.

For many, the fight was a continuation in what has appeared to be a downward trend for Parker since winning the vacant title by majority decision over Andy Ruiz Jr. in 2016. On his way up the ladder, Parker looked fit and dominant while blowing through opposition. Yet his three title bouts have featured a more sluggish, heavier Parker laboring to decision wins in less-than-impressive fashion."

Parker appears to be cutting a trimmer figure these days. Taking Joshua deep into the bout would be a good strategy, as it's still relatively uncharted territory for the knockout artist.


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