TO BE COMPARED to Wladimir Klitschko and come off second best is no great shame, nor a fair reflection of a fighter’s ability.
But Rob McCracken, while aware of Joseph Parker’s threat level heading into Saturday’s (March 31) heavyweight unification title fight with Anthony Joshua, feels it’s only right to distance a man who defended the world heavyweight championship 18 times over a nine-year period from a man whose best opponent so far is a toss-up between Carlos Takam, Andy Ruiz Jr and Hughie Fury.
“I think Klitschko is his (Joshua’s) toughest test to date, without a shadow of a doubt,” said McCracken at a west London press conference this afternoon. “He had 53 knockouts to his name and was massively motivated for the Joshua fight. But this is his next biggest test and a hurdle Anthony must overcome.