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Anthony Joshua calls out Deontay Wilder after win over Joseph Parker

Anthony Joshua calls out Deontay Wilder after win over Joseph Parker

He added a one to that tally with an all-round display of boxing craft that had two judges awarding him the fight 118-110 and the other 119-109.

Both fighters had stepped into the ring undefeated at Cardiff's Principality Stadium and the win extends Joshua's flawless pro record to 21 victories from as many bouts.

Fury, the former lineal champion who owned all the belts that Joshua now boasts after snaring Parker's WBO version, had been strangely quiet in the leadup to the world heavyweight unification fight in Cardiff.

Meanwhile a gracious Parker had no complaints after his first defeat in 25 bouts as a professional. There were boos at the final bell from many in the crowd of 78,000 inside Cardiff's Principality Stadium, seemingly aimed at an Italian referee who was taking charge of his first world heavyweight title fight.

Great Briton Joshua entered the bout holding the WBA and IBF belts, he left the arena with Parker's IBO crown after his latest success. "Get him in the ring and I knock him spark out". "I think we'll definitely see Joseph Parker again". I was focused and 12 rounds baby.

"They have never once reached out to us to try and make this fight".

"Boxing isn't just about brute force and strength", Joshua said.

The win in Wales moves Joshua to 21 wins from 21 contests in a record that leaves the rising youngster with 20 knockouts and one win via unanimous decision.

Anthony Joshua with fans ahead of latest fight
REUTERS BOXING BILLIONAIRE Anthony Joshua with fans ahead of his Joseph Parker fight

"I saw the look in his eye, this has made him hungrier and he'll want to come back as soon as possible and learn from his mistakes".

Reflecting on his loss, Parker said: "We enjoyed being here".

"When the ref came to the back, he couldn't speak English", Parker said, via the Telegraph.

"We didn't quite do enough today to win the fight".

"I thought that Anthony Joshua was a better boxer today, deserved to win", said Higgins. "I wanted to work on the inside more".

Trainer Rob McCracken may have given Joshua a "nine out of 10" rating for Saturday night's more cultured - yet ordinary - victory over Parker, but it is a very large 10 per cent margin which remains.

And on the possibility of a Joshua, Deontay Wilder fight, Lewis added: "The dynamics of a Joshua, Wilder fight will be quite different for both fighters who are used to punching down on shorter fighters".

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