British boxing champion Anthony Joshua won a third world heavyweight title belt on Saturday (March 31), when he earned a unanimous decision over Joseph Parker in Cardiff, Wales.
While it was a win for the 28-year-old, he lost his 100 percent knockout record, setting for points instead. The judges scored the fight 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109… and there were no knockdowns.
With the win, Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) took Parker’s WBO belt, adding to his IBF and WBA titles.
If you missed the fight, Parker’s movement allowed him to not get hit with a bomb, resulting in a knockout. But, he was unable to mount enough offense for the win. It was Joshua’s jab that won the fight.
“My strategy in there was to stick behind the jab,” Joshua said. “A right hand will take you around the block, but a good jab will take you around the world. I stuck behind the jab. I was focused. I controlled him behind the jab, and the main thing is I am the unified champion of the world. I thought it was hard, but going the 12 rounds was light work.”
It was Joshua’s fifth defense of his IBF title and second of the WBA title.
For Parker (24-1, 18 KOs), he suffered his first professional defeat in his third defense of the WBO belt.
Joshua took home a £13 million purse and Parker £7 million.
After the fight, Joshua called on WBC heavyweight title holder Deontay Wilder, saying he wants a fight with him this year. A matchup between the two would decide the undisputed world heavyweight champion.
It’s the biggest fight in boxing at the moment, with the winner becoming the first four-belt world heavyweight champ.
“2018 was always the time to capture all the belts and we are one away now,” Joshua said. “I’m not in the business of hype, hype, hype, talk, talk, talk. I think me and Eddie [Hearn] have to go to America to see what the situation is. We have to sit down behind closed doors and see how serious they are.
“It’s the same thing always [with Wilder]. I have all the belts here. Why do I have all these belts, just to give someone a bonus.”