IT’S true that Anthony Joshua looked far from unbeatable while handing Joseph Parker the first defeat of his career, and it’s true that watching Joshua knock out his rivals is a lot more fun. And it’s also true that he just comfortably defeated the man universally regarded as the third best heavyweight in the world to lay claim to three of the four major titles. True, too, that he’s only 21 fights into his professional career.
The following is not a declaration that Anthony Joshua deserves to be regarded as one of the best heavyweights of all time, but it is a plea for calm. A plea to wait and see how this all plays out.
Less than a year after he hauled himself off the floor to defeat Wladimir Klitschko, becoming the supposed saviour of boxing and some kind of superhero in the process, Anthony Joshua went 12 rounds for the first time and comfortably outpointed Joseph Parker. He never looked like going down or losing the fight, but the heights he reached in Cardiff, in terms of excitement and appreciation at least, were far below what came at Wembley Stadium, in front of 90,000 people, in April 2017.