'I hope he's fit' - Anthony Joshua warns Joseph Parker not to get dropped in early rounds and disappoint public

Anthony Joshua has sent a message to Kiwi WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker, telling him to turn up to their unification fight next month fit and ready to give their fans a show.

Joshua, 28, spoke to SKY Sports UK and said Parker better give the people what they want, an entertaining fight.

"I hope he is training well, I hope he's fit," said Joshua.

"Because you know what it is right, people wait 10-12 weeks for us to come together and no one wants to lay down the first or second round."

The two unbeaten champions will face off in Cardiff on April 1.
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Parker, 26, takes on Joshua at the end of next month at Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

"I hope he’s fit and he’s ready for a good fight because I am."

Joshua holds the IBF, WBA and IBO heavyweight titles, the winner out of Parker and Joshua moves one step closer to becoming the first undisputed heavyweight world champion since British boxer Lennox Lewis in 1999.

Graphic warning: Ref under fire for not ending bout despite fighter pummelling UFC rival's bloodied face continuously

UFC boss Dana White has slammed a referee officiating at Sunday's UFC Fight Night in Belem, Brazil for failing to end a bout, labelling his decision-making at the event as "disgusting".

White couldn't believe Mario Yamasaki allowed the flyweight bout between Priscila Cachoeira and Valentina Shevchenko to continue despite Cachoeira continuously copping blows to the head and bleeding significantly throughout the fight.

The UFC president said on social media after the fight Yamasaki should never step foot in an octagon again, adding Shevchenko landed 230 punches in the fight compared to just three landed by Cachoeira.

"Priscila Cachoeira, you showed so much heart and toughness in that fight," White wrote on Instagram.

"I'm honoured to have you fight in the UFC. Unfortunately the ref is there to protect you and Mario DID NOT do that."

White said despite his position in the UFC, he wouldn't have a final say on Yamasaki's future.

"Another unfortunate thing is that i can’t do anything about it - only the Brazilian commission can and I am hoping after this scary, incompetent showing he hopefully will never set foot in that Octagon again."

Shevchenko eventually ended the fight near the end the second round with a submission, using the rear naked choke hold to make Cachoeira tap out.

Cachoeira is reportedly looking at surgery for ACL and meniscus tears following the loss.



'I want to still be alive for my race!' Tongan flag-bearer wrapping up warm at Winter Olympics opening ceremony

The Tongan flag-bearer who caught the world's attention two years ago at the Rio Olympics opening ceremony with his topless entrance says he won't be trying the same stunt at this year's Winter Olympics.

Pita Taufatofua became a global sensation as he carried Tonga's flag into Maracana Stadium with a heavy coat of oil on his skin but he admits the freezing temperatures of Pyeongchang are enough to not think about doing it a second time.

"I want to still be alive for my race. It's going to be freezing, so I will be keeping nice and warm," Taufatofua told Britain's Press Association. 

Taufatofua heads to this year's Winter Olympics as Tonga's only representative after qualifying as a cross-country skiier last month.

The qualification was on the 34-year-old's seventh and final attempt having only picked up the sport after the Rio Olympics.

Taufatofua first skied in January last year. Before that he had only seen snow once, he told PA.

"After Rio I needed a new challenge," he said. "Could I do a new sport, the hardest I could think of, in a year?"

The Tongan athlete competed in Taekwondo at the 2016 Summer Games - an event he'd like to compete in again in Tokyo in two years time.

"I feel I have got unfinished business with taekwondo," he told PA.

Pyeongchang is just the second time in Tonga's history they as a nation will compete at a Winter Olympics.

Pete Wardell is just as mesmerised by Pita Taufatofua's story as the rest of the world. Source: Breakfast