With simply over six weeks to go till struggle evening, the supporting solid for the eagerly-anticipated heavyweight title unification showdown between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker is now actually starting to take form.
Following his gruelling and controversial 10th-round stoppage of resilient substitute opponent Carlos Takam in October 2017, AJ returns to Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on 31 March and can hope to efficiently defend his WBA (Tremendous), IBF, and IBO belts along with claiming Parker’s WBO strap and take one step nearer to turning into the primary undisputed king of boxing’s historically most glamourous division since Lennox Lewis.
Following confirmation that Russian veteran Alexander Povetkin can be placing his WBA inter-continental and WBO worldwide heavyweight titles on the road in opposition to Liverpool’s David Worth, a second struggle was added to the undercard of Joshua-Parker on Monday (12 February) with the information that Ryan Burnett is about to defend the WBA (Tremendous) bantamweight gold in a conflict with obligatory challenger Yonfrez Parejo of Venezuela.
Purse bids had been referred to as on an IBF title scrap between Burnett and Emmanuel Rodriguez after the collapse of an interim struggle between the latter and Lee Haskins, according to Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn, that means that his former unified champion has needed to vacate one belt with a purpose to honour his dedication to defending the opposite.
“I am delighted to be added to this present it’ll be an unimaginable expertise to defend my world title in entrance of 80,000 in Cardiff,” said Burnett. “I do not actually become involved within the politics however we knew that once we face Zhakiyanov that’s was probably we could need to vacate one of many belts due to mandatories however I’ve unified the division and now we transfer on to new challenges.
“I count on a troublesome struggle in opposition to Parejo, our types ought to gel for an amazing struggle and I am trying ahead to creating one other assertion on March 31.”
Preventing on one other Joshua-led invoice in his residence metropolis after overcoming Lesther Cantillano in a four-rounder within the autumn, Joe Cordina may even take the following step in his budding six-fight skilled profession as he locks horns with Barnsley’s ‘KO Child’ Andy Townend for the vacant WBA worldwide light-weight title.
“That is the right struggle for me to start out 2018,” said the ‘Welsh Wizard‘. “It is a large step up for me. Andy is a confirmed fighter, simply take a look at his document – there’s a whole lot of knockouts in opposition to some respectable names.
“There is not any doubting he is harmful so I will need to convey my A-game. I feel I am greater than able to beating him to win my first title however I am positive he thinks related, it is a good struggle for the followers.”