Former RDX Sports Ambassador trounced his New Zealander rival by winning on points 118-110, 118-110, and 119-109 in a most-looked for boxing event on Saturday night in Cardiff, Wales. Joshua soared to new heights of boxing by unanimously being declared as unified boxer of heavyweight category, while still raising many eyebrows on his decision on going on distance. Although AJ managed to add one more title under his belt, he failed to impress a record-breaking indoor audience of 78,000 at Principality Stadium with a neck-to-neck fight. The biggest superfight that saw two undefeated champions face off, the showdown lacked fierce combat. The crown of WBO was the third addition to AJ’s heavyweight accolades, the previous being WBA and IBF.
How The Night Unfolded
The two boxing epitomes walked to the ring in glaring lights and beautiful fireworks. While it was a third consecutive fight for the Briton boxer in home stadium, the away fighter seemed to have a strategy too. AJ kept his agility intact, he guarded himself from his opponent using his right hand only, while the New Zealander thwarted using both hands. The bout became more of a “boxing finesse” until the halfway stage and this is when the champs started exerting their power. The home fighter gave chase by using his left hand in the sixth. The runner-up took pride in losing the title to a “bigger and better opponent.”
Parker stayed at his back foot throughout the bout in an attempt to avoid the home player’s jab. Joshua decided to occupy the center of the ring in all 12 rounds, but Parker’s agility seemed to put a standstill to the Britons’ attacks. Although the unified champ threw in some uppercuts, Parker’s speed made the latter evade the prodigious shots from his opponent.
Although a very close fight, the bout was devoid of fiery punches and sensational moves. The ghastly refereeing distanced the two boxers every time they engaged in any real action. The bout was fought 95% at distance and the close results suggest that the title was well-fought for.