Parker next up for dom­i­nant Joshua

7 Days in Dubai - - SPORT -

An­thony Joshua ex­pects to make the next de­fence of his IBF heavy­weight ti­tle in Novem­ber against ris­ing star Joseph Parker.

Joshua suc­cess­fully de­fended his ti­tle on Satur­day night with a sev­enth-round stop­page of Amer­ica’s Do­minic Breazeale and is now set to have a brief rest fol­low­ing a hec­tic sched­ule since turn­ing pro­fes­sional.

When asked who was next for Joshua, his pro­moter Ed­die Hearn said: “We like the Joseph Parker fight, that’s the manda­tory, we’ll have to deal with that at some point. That could be in Novem­ber or De­cem­ber.

“He needs a long rest. He needs to go and be a young boy, go and sit on the beach with his mates and mess around. It’s been ab­so­lutely re­lent­less.”

Hav­ing won the ti­tle in em­phatic fash­ion against Charles Martin ear­lier this year, Joshua pro­duced an ac­com­plished per­for­mance to de­fend his heavy­weight crown.

He demon­strated im­prov­ing in­tel­li­gence and pa­tience against an im­pres­sively-re­silient op­po­nent, who un­ex­pect­edly took the heav­i­est of punches un­til ref­eree Howard Foster waved the fight over af­ter the se­cond knock­down in swift suc­ces­sion.

2 Joshua was pushed be­yond three rounds for only the se­cond time

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