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Anthony Joshua Vs Joseph Parker Betting Preview
Watford born Powerhouse Anthony Joshua puts his WBA ‘super’ and IBF Heavyweight belts at stake in a world title unification clash with WBO champion Joseph Parker at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on March 31, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
28th March Update – “Focus on me” says Parker at pre-fight press conference
Joseph Parker is not phased by Anthony Joshua’s C.V, nor his win over one of the modern greats in Wladimir Klitschko.
The 26-year old Kiwi and WBA Heavyweight World Champ is full of confidence ahead of his bout in Cardiff on Saturday night and you wouldn’t know he’s the underdog by his demeanour.
“He keeps talking about Wladimir Klitschko,” Parker told Sky Sports, who will show the event on Sky Box Office in an unmissable evening of action inside the ring. “Listen, I’m not Wladimir. If he’s focused on Wladimir, then he’s going to get a different fight altogether.”
It could just be the Parker is clutching at straws, trying to find weakness in the home fighter. But AJ took it all in his stride, calling upon the experience of having a target on his back for some time now.
Joshua v Parker Betting Odds
On paper, there doesn’t look too much between the fighters, with Anthony Joshua winning all twenty fights and all by knock-out, while Joseph Parker has won all twenty-four of his bouts, with eighteen knock-outs in that time.
However in reality, Anthony Joshua has had the harder fights in his career and this leads to him being the dominant favourite in the markets. Although Joseph Parker has beaten the likes of Hughie Fury and Andy Ruiz Jnr in recent times, the majority of his wins have come via the WBO Oriental Heavyweight division, which is rarely noted for the quality of boxer’s it has produced. Compare this to Anthony Joshua, who of course has beaten Wladimir Klitschko and Carlos Takam, the Englishman’s record looks miles more impressive, without a need to dive further into his career.
So therefore Anthony Joshua is the big favourite to win the fight, with the Englishman some 1/8 with Betfred for the win, while the New Zealander, Parker is available as long as 13/2 with Betfair. The outright market is so one-sided those looking for value will need to look elsewhere for worthwhile pricing.
The method of victory market offers a little more value, with Joshua to win by KO, TKO or Disqualification available at a best price of 1/3 at Betfair, with Joseph Parker to win by the same method, available at 10/1 with SunBets.
The best value however, comes from round and group round betting. Both types of bet specify the winning fighter, with Round betting pinpointing the exact round of victory, while Group betting splits the bout into four “quarters”. Anthony Joshua is as mentioned above, the huge favourite, so a Joshua Win in rounds 7-9 for example, comes in at a strong 3/1 with Betfair, which is great value, compared to the straight forward winner betting.
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26th March Update – £19.95 at Sky Sports not a bad deal for stacked Joshua Vs Parker undercard in Cardiff
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You can even make room for a few Joshua v Parker free bets and the undercard looks stacked with great fights! Look out for big names like Josh Kelly, Ryan Burnett and Anthony Crolla and get settled in with some drinks & snacks and enjoy the first ‘SuperFight’ of 2018 – this is going to be big!
Joshua v Parker Predictions
As we get ever closer to the fight, there has been a notable difference in the two boxers attitudes, especially during the press conference back in January. Anthony Joshua was bullish in his responses, while Joseph Parker was a little more reserved. Some have suggested there is an underlying tension between the two fighters, but in all honesty, this is Joseph Parker’s biggest ever fight and the realisation of his task, may have finally landed for the New Zealander.
Anthony Joshua has the advantage in terms of physicality, with a two inch height advantage and a huge six inch reach advantage too. Joseph Parker is a tall man himself and it’s highly unlikely that the 6ft 4in kiwi has fought with such a disadvantage. It’s therefore unsurprising to hear that he has been working on his speed in training, with the need to get past Joshua’s jab, an absolute critical part of his fight plan.
Stamina could be a factor, with Joshua averaging three and a quarter rounds per bout and Parker averaging a tad over five per fight. That’s not to say that both will be gasping for air in the middle of the fifth round, but with the Parker training focus on speed as previously mentioned, the deeper the fight goes, the Kiwi’s chances will improve.
However, before Joseph Parker can even entertain a victory, he has to avoid getting KO’d by Anthony Joshua and his clubbing right hand. A fast start is likely from the Englishman, as he looks to dominate with the jab from the centre of the ring and frustrate Parker. Overall, barring a sucker punch out of nowhere from Joseph Parker, Anthony Joshua looks a stonewall pick to win here, with a mid distance stoppage most likely.
Joshua v Parker Betting Tip
Anthony Joshua to win between Rounds 4-6 @ 14/5 (3.80) with Coral
When And Where To Watch The Fight
The bout will be shown exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office on Saturday 31st March and is scheduled for a 10:00pm start, although this can be subject to earlier scheduled fights.
Radio coverage will be exclusive to Talksport, while various media outlets will feature live text commentary.