Joshua and Parker to meet in March

Confirmed: Anthony Joshua Will Face Joseph Parker On 31st March

Britain's Anthony Joshua will put his flawless 20-fight, 20-knock-out record on the line when he takes on New Zealand's Joseph Parker in a world heavyweight unification bout in Cardiff, Wales on March 31.

He made his British debut previous year with a majority points win over challenger Hughie Fury, a cousin of former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. It's like one step closer to adding a strap to my legacy.

He acknowledged that he "ruffled a few feathers along the way" during negotiations, including a holding a press conference to showcase Joshua's "suspect chin", but said it was necessary when you came from a small country and you were perceived as a "small player".

An announcement regarding on-sale dates for tickets to Anthony Joshua vs. Joseph Parker has yet to be made.

"That's what makes it exciting".

Parker's camp have been pushing for the fight ever since Joshua defeated Takam previous year. "A couple of months ago I heard him say 'Why should I be anxious about this little kid from New Zealand?'" Parker said.

"Well, now he's about to find out". My entire existence is now devoted to proving what the boxing world already knows'.

"It's a unification heavyweight championship fight".

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Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, can barely contain his excitement.

"I'm delighted to get this fight made - it's been a long time coming", Hearn.

The winner-takes-all contest will put the victor within touching distance of becoming the first undisputed Heavyweight champion of the world since Lennox Lewis in 1999.

Both Joshua and Parker boast unbeaten records in professional boxing.

The American, whose three-year reign as champion is the longest in the division, wants a fight with Joshua, calling the British Olympic gold medal victor out after beating Bermane Stiverne in November.

"Joseph Parker is the absolute epitome of the Kiwi sporting battler".

The 29-year-old said his team settled for Parker because negotiations with WBC champion, Deontay Wilder, have proved too hard. He's consistently fought fighters in the world's top 10 and he's beaten them all easily.

An agreement was expected to be reached with talks between the two fighters' representatives having been held over recent weeks. "It certainly won't be a shock to me when he beats Anthony Joshua and takes his titles back home to New Zealand".

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