Anthony Joshua has warned Joseph Parker he is a ‘different animal’ to the fighter who stopped Carlos Takam last time out.
The IBF and WBA champion enjoyed a media workout at his Sheffield base ahead of his fight against New Zealand’s WBO king at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on March 31.
Joshua bludgeoned Takam in a brutal bout last October. And AJ has promised fight fans ‘there will be blood’ again when he fights Parker, who the British boxer described as a ‘phenomenal champion’ in his own right.
‘Every fight and training camp has been something to learn from,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘Who I was for my last training camp, I just feel like I’m a different animal, more fine-tuned. I don’t just work hard anymore, I work smart, I’m becoming a real student of the game.
AJ is the heavy favourite to triumph at the Principality Stadium and continue on the road to a huge fight with Deontay Wilder for the title of undisputed champion.
But Joshua insists he is not overlooking Parker, a world champion unbeaten in 24 professional fights and who Eddie Hearn has described as his ‘toughest fight’ to date.
‘Parker is a phenomenal champion – tough, he has his (Samoan) heritage and he wants to prove he’s a worthy champion,’ Joshua said.
‘I can’t tell you exactly how the fight is going to go but we’re big, strong and the punches do hurt after a while. I definitely know there will be blood and you can definitely hear the leather cracking on the people’s heads if you’re close enough,’ he said.