'Joshua is bringing something out in me' - Joseph Parker says he's reaching new level for unification showdown

Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker says the prospect of facing Britain's Anthony Joshua is pushing him beyond his limits, as both fighters prepare for their title unification showdown in Cardiff.

Parker, 26, arrived in the UK ahead of his fight with WBA and IBF champion Joshua, putting his WBO title on the line in a winner takes all showdown on April 1 NZT.

Speaking to BoxingScene, Parker spoke about the proposition of what is easily the biggest and most difficult match-up of his career.

"It's certainly fair to say that this challenge of Joshua is bringing something out in me that I haven't felt previously," Parker told Boxing Scene.

The Kiwi warned Joshua he would chase him around the ring. Source: Breakfast

"I didn't know if it was true before, that facing someone so dangerous changes something within you and takes you to a higher level, but I can definitely say that it does."

"I don't believe Joshua has ever seen a style like mine so yeah one hundred percent, now is the time to deliver my very best performance. Against an opponent like Joshua I'll certainly need it."

Parker also talked up his preparation in Las Vegas, saying that he's in the best shape he's ever been in before facing the unbeaten Joshua.

"My body is feeling fitter, I can work with more intensity, I feel like there is some magic that is going to happen."

"I'm now a lot leaner, I've got more energy, I've got more power and I'm moving a lot better. When you're following the plan, when you're eating well and you're getting your rest everything just clicks and the mind is affected big time."

"But for this fight I don't feel any of that. I know I've done everything possible and now I'm just looking forward to fighting and handing out a whipping."

The two unbeaten heavyweights came face to face in London this morning. Source: 1 NEWS



Anthony Joshua's promoter guarantees Joseph Parker 'will come back in a big fight'

Anthony Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn is backing Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker to return to the ring with some big names, despite his losses to Joshua and Dillian Whyte.

Hearn says the 26-year-old former WBO boxing champion is a calibre fighter, who can go up against the best in the heavyweight division.

"There is a lot of depth now in the heavyweight division," said Hearn.

"Even the guys that are losing are available for big fights, not with AJ.

"But (Joseph) Parker will come back in a big fight, (Alexander) Povetkin will come back in a big fight."

Joshua defeated Russian boxer Povetkin via a seventh round TKO yesterday at Wembley Stadium, to retain his WBA, IBF and WBO titles.

"The division has never been better and that is down to strength and depth."

Parker lost to Joshua in April via unanimous decision in Cardiff, Wales.

He also lost by unanimous decision to number one ranked WBC fighter Dillian Whyte in July in London.

Parker is expected to return to the boxing ring in December for his final bout in 2018.

Eddie Hearn backs the Kiwi heavyweight to throw down with some big names following losses to Joshua and Dillian Whyte. Source: IFL TV

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Watch: The stinging series of punches that saw Anthony Joshua leave Povetkin on the canvas

With blood streaming out of his busted nose, Anthony Joshua was in deep trouble once more in front of 80,000 stunned spectators at Wembley Stadium.

Alexander Povetkin, a 39-year-old Russian with supposedly his best days behind him, was dominating heavyweight boxing's new superstar with his powerful inside work and punching power.

Like 17 months ago when he was knocked down by Wladimir Klitschko in the same venue, Joshua was looking vulnerable. And just like that career-defining night, he came through.

Joshua slowly picked off a tiring Povetkin and delivered a brutal finish in the seventh round to retain his WBA, IBF, and WBO belt.

The end was emphatic, and trademark Joshua. A left hook left Povetkin open and Joshua followed through with a straight right that sent the challenger to the canvas. Povetkin had his head through the ropes at one point but he managed to get to his feet, only for Joshua to pile in with a flurry of punches that caused the referee to step in and stop the fight with 1:01 left in the round.

"There is a lot of pressure, the whole country is rooting for me," said Joshua, whose phenomenal pulling power has seen him attract almost 400,000 spectators to his last five fights. "The energy in here spurs you on and you do feel that pressure, I'm not going to lie."

Joshua's record moved to 22-0, with 21 wins coming inside the distance. He is booked to return to Wembley on April 13 for his next bout, and the plan is for the opponent to be either WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder or former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

Asked in the ring who his preferred opponent would be, Joshua said: "My No. 1 would be Wilder, let's not talk about a No. 2 or 3."

The world heavyweight champion dispatched the Russian challenger at London’s Wembley Stadium. Source: SKY

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Kiwi weightlifting champion David Liti breaks 16-year national record

New Zealand's weightlifting golden boy David Liti is showing no signs of slowing down, toppling a national record today in Auckland which has stood for 16 years.

The 22-year-old surpassed Kiwi great Nigel Avery with a record 176kg snatch.

Liti said he was chuffed with his record lift.

"Over the moon really, I've wanted those records since I started weightlifting," said Liti.

His coach Tina Bell says his form is coming just right before the November world championships.

"We are just well and truly on our way to a great preparation for the world's," said Bell.

Liti won gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games men's 105kg+ division in April and was awarded a special sportsmanship award during the closing ceremony.

Liti lifted a record 176kg snatch to surpass former record holder Nigel Avery. Source: 1 NEWS


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Watch: Kiwi teen Kanah Andrews-Nahu breaks several national records at weightlifting meet

Kiwi teen Kanah Andrews-Nahu has broken several national records at a weightlifting meet today.

Andrews-Nahu has now broken 135 New Zealand records.

Her records today were:

Snatch: NZ youth 75+Kg and junior 90kg - new record of 96kg

C&J: NZ youth 75+Kg and junior 90kg - new record of 111kg

Total: NZ youth 75+Kg and junior 90kg - new record of 200kg (which she then broke minutes later)

Total: NZ youth 75+Kg and junior 90kg - new record of 207kg

Andrews-Nahu has now broken 135 New Zealand records. Source: 1 NEWS


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