‘Clin­i­cal’ Kiwi gets Joshua’s re­spect

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An­thony Joshua has la­belled Joseph Parker more clin­i­cal than Deon­tay Wilder’s ‘‘wind­mill’’ ap­proach and sees the New Zealan­der as a gen­uine threat.

WBO cham­pi­oon Parker and Joshua, the IBF and WBA king, clash in a world heavy­weight uni­fi­ca­tion fight in Cardiff on April 1.

Amer­i­can Wilder, the WBC cham­pion, is des­per­ate to fight the win­ner, as heavy­weight box­ing looks to crown one gen­uine cham­pion from the mul­ti­tude of ti­tles.

Parker and Joshua have gone head to head in an in­ter­view ses­sion with host broad­caster Sky

Sports in the UK.

Joshua was asked to com­pare Parker with Wilder and con­ceded Parker was more pre­cise with his punch­ing than the hugely pow­er­ful but un­ortho­dox Wilder.

‘‘More clin­i­cal. Wilder throws wind­mills,’’ Joshua told in­ter­viewer Johnny Nel­son dur­ing The

Gloves Are Off episode. ‘‘When he [Parker] throws his shots with a left and a right; if the left don’t hit you, the right catches you as you are mov­ing in, and knocks the ma­jor­ity of his op­po­nents out.’’

Joshua said he had big re­spect for Parker who had backed up his talk with ac­tions by get­ting the fight deal done, some­thing other op­po­nents were fail­ing to do – an­other slight on Wilder.

‘‘He [Parker] took this chal­lenge as an un­de­feated fighter and so did I. The re­spect is 50-50,’’ Joshua said.

But with con­tin­ued talk in the Joshua camp about the hopes of ty­ing up a hugely lu­cra­tive deal with Wilder, Parker’s pro­moter David Hig­gins has warned the Brits about get­ting ahead of them­selves.

‘‘All this talk about Deon­tay Wilder; I think An­thony Joshua looks past Joseph Parker at his peril,’’ Hig­gins told Sky Sports.

‘‘An­thony Joshua’s mak­ing a grave mis­take if he’s look­ing past Parker. It’s one thing to qui­etly an­a­lyse fu­ture pos­si­bil­i­ties, but if they are go­ing any fur­ther and are in the early stage of ne­go­ti­a­tions, it’s far too early for any of that.

‘‘I don’t think Joseph Parker or Kevin Barry will be the slight­est bit con­cerned that the Joshua camp are dis­cussing all these other pos­si­bil­i­ties when they’ve got an un­beaten world cham­pion in front of him, who has never been dropped in his life, and is light­ning fast with his hands and has great foot­work.’’

Hig­gins was im­pressed with Parker’s con­duct dur­ing his eye­ball in­ter­view with Joshua, call­ing it a psy­cho­log­i­cal vic­tory.

‘‘I thought Joseph Parker was quite calm and steely con­fi­dent,’’ Hig­gins said.

‘‘He was ob­vi­ously look­ing Joshua dead in the eye, with­out any flinch­ing what­so­ever. He cer­tainly wasn’t over­awed one bit.

‘‘Joseph man­aged to get in there a bit of a cri­tique of Joshua, his strengths and weak­nesses.

‘‘Joshua was ques­tioned on Parker’s weak­nesses, but didn’t come up with any. He didn’t state any weak­nesses at all. I think Joseph just had the edge, if I’m hon­est.’’

‘‘If the left don’t hit you, the right catches you as you move in.’’

An­thony Joshua on Joseph Parker

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