News | Mar 28 2018

Anthony Joshua driven by fear of losing ahead of Joseph Parker clash

Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker are both undefeated ahead of the Cardiff bout, writes Declan Warrington
Anthony Joshua next opponent
Anthony Joshua  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

ANTHONY JOSHUA has revealed he is driven by a fear of losing and conceding his status as the world’s leading fighter.

Since unifying the WBA and IBF heavyweight titles with his dramatic stoppage defeat of Wladimir Klitschko and amid Floyd Mayweather’s retirement, Joshua has become perhaps the world’s highest-profile fighter and inherited boxing’s biggest scalp.

On Saturday at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, in front an expected 78,000-strong crowd, he fights the WBO champion Joseph Parker in a bid to win a third of the four world titles, when – despite being the significant favourite – he will be wary of his prospects.