Joshua’s ‘glass chin’ tar­geted

The Timaru Herald - - SPORT - BOX­ING

Joseph Parker has come out swing­ing, claim­ing his ‘‘sole mis­sion is to smash to bits the man with the glass chin’’, heavy­weight box­ing cham­pi­onship ri­val Anthony Joshua.

The Kiwi fighter made the claim to the Daily Tele­graph en route to Lon­don, where he hopes to se­cure a con­tract to face Joshua in a $40m-plus pro­mo­tion tipped for March 31 in Cardiff where Parker could earn more than $13m.

Parker and his han­dlers have been ped­dling the glass-chin line con­sis­tently and the 26-year-old made no apolo­gies in his Tele­graph in­ter­view, say­ing: ‘‘I feel like the team has done a great job to get un­der his skin.

‘‘All we have said is that Joshua has a glass chin,’’ Parker said. ‘‘We know it, he knows it, ev­ery­body knows it, they just don’t talk about it. We saw him get dropped by Wladimir Kl­itschko but he still had the heart to get up and fin­ish the fight – I’ll give him that – but if I catch him and hurt him I’m not go­ing to give him the chance to re­cover.

‘‘I won’t be let­ting him off the hook. If I get him in the trou­ble Kl­itschko had him in, there is no chance for him. I’ll go in fast, I’ll go in hard, and I’ll go in for the kill. He won’t be able to re­cover against me.’’

Parker also scoffed at Joshua’s record of 20 knock­out wins in 20 pro­fes­sional bouts.

‘‘The truth is that all the fights he has had from the be­gin­ning [of his ca­reer] have been in his favour, and he’s had ev­ery­thing his way.

‘‘I think if my team had not come up with a plan we wouldn’t be talk­ing about this fight com­ing up.’’

Parker, the WBO heavy­weight cham­pion, has knocked out 18 op­po­nents in his 24 vic­to­ries, but failed to put Hughie Fury away in his last fight at Manch­ester last Oc­to­ber. How­ever, it wouldn’t be an up­set if he beat IBF and WBA cham­pion Joshua, he told the Tele­graph.

‘‘I feel if I win it will not be a shock. I do think it is my time and I’ll come there con­fi­dent in my abil­ity. I gen­uinely be­lieve I can knock him out and there is no pres­sure where I’m stand­ing right now. There is no ex­pec­ta­tion on me, no pres­sure.

‘‘All I’m fo­cused on is be­ing in great shape, train­ing hard and do­ing my best to knock him out and catch his glass jaw,’’ he said.

‘‘This is my sole mis­sion: to smash to bits the man with the glass chin. Our team has come up with this feel­ing and this the­ory that he has a glass chin and my goal is to smash his glass chin, crack it and see if he can with­stand the punches that are com­ing his way. I re­ally can’t wait for this fight.’’


Joseph Parker claims he will crack Anthony Joshua’s glass chin.

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