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WBO champion Joseph Parker plans to fight Anthony Joshua after Cardiff showdown


Joseph Parker has revealed he plans to fight Anthony Joshua twice in 2018.

The WBO king unifies his belt with fellow champion Joshua at the end of this month in Cardiff, and Parker is convinced he will be the victorious man.

Parker is undefeated, just like Joshua, but heads into the unification showdown as the underdog with AJ having home advantage at the Principality Stadium.

Joshua will put his WBA (Super) and IBF titles on the line against Parker and the New Zealander already has his eye on granting AJ a rematch.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 16: Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker pose during an Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker Press Conference at the Dorchester Hotel on January 16, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

‘I think my plans for the year are I fight Joshua and I beat him and then a re-match so that’s my plans for the year,’ Parker said.

Parker will have to beat Joshua in what is expected to be a hostile environment for the traveling champion.

The 26-year-old has fought most of his pro career in New Zealand, but has already competed on British soil.

Parker successfully defended his belt against Hughie Fury last September in Manchester and seemed to have zero problems adjusting in enemy territory.

An appearance on the Graham Norton Show by Joshua caused a stir when the host labeled Parker ‘The King of Pies’, and the Kiwi is out to prove his doubters wrong on March 31.

‘Camp is going fantastic. I feel like I’m in great shape’, Parker told radio station The Rock.

‘When he (Graham Norton) called me the ‘King of Pies’, I’m going to take my shirt off at the weigh-in and honestly, see if I’ve been eating pies or not! ‘I feel like I’m punching sharp, I’m moving well, making a lot of angles, movements, fitness is good, so everything is on track.’