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Anthony Joshua says “No Human Can Stop Me”
Today saw the live press conference for the scheduled unification bout between heavyweight champions Anthony Joshua & Joseph Parker. Both Parker’s team and Parker himself have been very vocal these last few weeks. With claims the British Champion has a ‘glass jaw’ and more recently Parker slyly pointing the finger towards Anthony Joshua using PED’s, although not directly accusing him the insinuation was certainly there for all to hear.
The WBA ‘Super’ & IBF champion responded to these claims today and warned the New Zealander that it will take ‘more than a human’ to defeat him in their clash in Cardiff on March 31st.
“When you talk about myself getting dropped and what you done, it’s a marketability strategy” said Joshua. “When you want to talk about facts – the three times that I have been dropped was in the European Championships when McCracken (Joshua’s trainer) knows I was ctually banned from the GB team, because I was still getting in trouble. I stopped boxing and two weeks before that European Championship, I was called up to the country. I was very unfit, I didn’t get dropped. I got stopped. When your tank is empty, its hard to perform”
“The second time was David Price. I had come out of a police cell the day I went up to training. I’m not going to use it as an excuse, but David Price is a puncher, and lack of experience.”
“With Klitschko, all those times it told me, it will take more than a human to stop me from where I’m destined to be, and that’s what I learnt.”
“Not to walk with sight, because when you’re fatigued you don’t know where you are. I walk with faith in this journey.”
“In terms of using it as a PR stunt. The rumours that you have heard, they’re fake news. Hand on my heart. PR, whatever you want to use it for, is between you and your camp.”
It’s too early to tell whether the mind games from Parker and his team have rattled Joshua. But it has to be said the mind games are very one sided. This isn’t unusual from Joshua to stay relatively silent and respectful in build ups to his fights. Only in the Dillian Whyte build up did we see another side to the champion.
Roll on March 31st!
By: Aaron Cooper