78,000 fans will pack into Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on Saturday night to witness Anthony Joshua’s unification fight with Joseph Parker.
The Brit is hoping to add the WBO title to his WBA ‘Super’, IBO and IBF titles in what will be a historical night.
For the first time ever two reigning undefeated heavyweight champions will go toe to toe and put their belts on the line right here on British soil.
Anthony Joshua has won all 20 of his previous professional bouts by stoppage and is a ridiculous 1/3 to stop Parker.
This time last year, Anthony Joshua stepped into the ring to face Wladimir Klitschko, the toughest fight of his career to date.
After hitting the canvas for the first time in his professional career, Joshua fought back to stop the legendary Ukrainian in the 11th round.
So it’s easy to see why he’s the odds on favourite on Saturday.
Joseph Parker, though, is no mug. Like AJ he’s unbeaten in professional boxing and that’s no fluke.
In 2016 he became the first boxer from New Zealand or the Pacific Islands to win a heavyweight world title and since then has navigated his was through some awkward bouts, most recently against Hughie Fury, inflicting the Brit to his first professional defeat.
But Parker heads into the fight having never faced anyone of Anthony Joshua’s calibre, so it’ll be interesting to see how he fares.
Anthony Joshua has a two inch height advantage, a longer reach and is expected to weigh in significantly heavier than his Kiwi opposition.
Parker Is well known for having a good chin, so AJ will have to use all his strength and power to do something no other fighter has ever done, put Parker on the deck.
What Parker lacks in power, he’ll be hoping to make up for with quick movement, fast footwork and rapid hand speed, so he could prove a tricky opponent for AJ.
This is a fight that could go the distance and it’s 4/1 for that to happen. While backing AJ to win holds no real value it could be worth looking into round betting.
He’s 7/4 to dispatch Parker in rounds 7-12 – a remind he finished Wlad in round 11 and most recently Takam in round 10.
For those who fancy Parker to shock the world the Kiwi is a tasty looking 6/1 to take all four belts back to New Zealand.
Whatever happens on Saturday night we’re in for a cracker!
Ooh and make sure you take a look at the undercard too, there are some decent bouts that will provide lots of betting potential.