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Anthony Joshua to face Joseph Parker in his first ‘heavyweight fight’ of 2018

On Saturday, 31 March 2018 at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff, WBA and IBF world heavyweight champion  Anthony Joshua will go head to head against WBO title-holder Joseph Parker.

It will be Joshua’s fourth stadium bout with an estimated 80,000 fans expected to watch the fight live at the venue.Anthony Joshua to face Joseph Parker in his first 'heavyweight fight' of 2018

According to reports, Joshua has made subtle tweaks to his training since defeating Carlos Takam in October. He now focuses on boxing during morning sessions, with running or strength work later in the day. The reverse of his old routine aims to see him fresher when doing technical work under the guidance of trainer Rob McCracken at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

His opponent, Parker is undefeated in 24 bouts and has also undergone changes of his own after having surgery on both elbows late in 2017, a move which his camp claim has led to a 20% improvement in his punching since he out-pointed Hughie Fury in September.

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