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Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker report
Who won Joshua vs Parker?
Anthony Joshua beat Joseph Parker by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 31st March 2018 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
The scorecards were announced as 118-110, 119-109, 118-110 in favor of winner Anthony Joshua.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Heavyweight division, which meant there was no weight limit.
This contest was for the unified heavyweight championship of the world, with the IBF, WBA & WBO belts on the line.
Joshua vs Parker stats
Anthony Joshua stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 20 wins, zero loses and 0 draws.
Joseph Parker made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 24 wins and 0 draws.
Anthony Joshua was the older man by 2 years, at 33 years old.
Joshua had a height advantage of 2 inches over Parker. That also extended to a 6-inch reach advantage.
Both Anthony Joshua & Joseph Parker fought out of an orthodox stance.
Joshua was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 4 less fights, and made his debut in 2013, 1 year and 3 months later than Parker, whose first professional fight was in 2012. He had fought 74 less professional rounds, 148 to Parker's 222.
Joshua vs Parker form
Joshua had beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Oleksandr Usyk on 20th August 2022 by split decision in their IBF World Heavyweight, WBA Super World Heavyweight, WBO World Heavyweight and The Ring Heavyweight championship fight at Jeddah Superdome, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Oleksandr Usyk on 25th September 2021 by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Heavyweight, IBF World Heavyweight and WBO World Heavyweight championship fight at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, United Kingdom.
Going into that contest, he had won against Kubrat Pulev on 12th December 2020 by knockout in the 9th round in their WBA Super World Heavyweight, WBO World Heavyweight and IBF World Heavyweight championship fight at Wembley Arena, London.
Before that, he had beat Andy Ruiz Jr on 7th December 2019 by unanimous decision in their IBF World Heavyweight, WBA Super World Heavyweight and WBO World Heavyweight championship fight at Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
He had lost to Andy Ruiz Jr on 1st June 2019 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBA Super World Heavyweight, IBF World Heavyweight and WBO World Heavyweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York, United States.
Parker had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 2 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Hughie Fury on 23rd September 2017 by majority decision in their WBO World Heavyweight championship fight at Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had defeated Razvan Cojanu on 6th May 2017 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Heavyweight championship fight at Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau City, New Zealand.
Going into that contest, he had won against Andy Ruiz Jr on 10th December 2016 by majority decision in their WBO World Heavyweight championship fight at Auckland.
Before that, he had defeated Alexander Dimitrenko on 1st October 2016 by knockout in the 3rd round at Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau City.
He had beat Solomon Haumono on 21st July 2016 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Horncastle Arena, Christchurch.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Anthony Joshua had been fighting more than Joseph Parker.
Going to this contest, Anthony Joshua had last fought 7 months and 13 days ago, while Joseph Parker's last outing had been 5 years, 6 months and 10 days ago.
Joshua's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 10 months and 1 day, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 7 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 52 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 10.4 rounds on average.
Parker's last 5 fights had come over a period of 6 years, 8 months and 12 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 4 months and 4 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 43 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.6 rounds on average.
What time did Joshua vs Parker start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM BST at Principality Stadium, Cardiff, United Kingdom, which was 5:00 PM EST or 2:00 PM PST on the West Coast of America.
Who broadcast Joshua vs Parker?
Joshua vs Parker was broadcast on Sky Box Office HD in the UK, while the fight was broadcast in the United States by ShowTime.
What were the odds on Joshua vs Parker?
Anthony Joshua was a 1/20 (-2000) favourite going into the contest, while Joseph Parker made his way into the ring at 15/2 (+750) with oddsmakers.
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