Parker punching harder after surgery

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"I'm excited to be here".

According to The Daily Telegraph, "an audacious bid to sign a promotional multi-fight deal with Anthony Joshua which could earn the Londoner $500 million and make him the richest British boxer of all time".

Parker's elbow surgery late last year, revealed by the Herald yesterday, has helped the 26-year-old significantly and could prove to be crucial in his world heavyweight title unification bout against Anthony Joshua in Cardiff on April 1 NZT.

Joshua told ESPN last night: "Listen, I'm riding with Eddie".

'The surgery has been a huge success. So he couldn't lead with his jab as normal and had to rely on just throwing left hooks.

Sky Q customers in the United Kingdom and Ireland can look forward to every round in stunning Ultra HD with picture quality four times that of HD television. And I am punching once more with the full power which brought me all those knockouts.

"We're grateful to the British Boxing Board of Control, this time they've opted for a balanced panel", said Higgins.

In a fiery press conference, Parker has also thrown doubt over Joshua's preparations following speculation he will hit the scales much lighter than his bulked frame weighed in at for his win over Wladimir Klitschko a year ago.

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Full but lighter, actually.

Parker's trainer, Kevin Barry, was taken aback by the boxer's progress since surgery.

The premium asset of current promotions company Matchroom Sport, Joshua has proved immensely popular outside the ring, and rather good inside it too. "More importantly in my professional opinion, I think by losing that impingement pain that he would have, that will nearly certainly give him a little bit more speed and probably power with his punch, too".

What about Joshua calling you "weird" recently?

Joshua has previously said he will weigh in 18st 2lbs lighter than he was for his Carlos Takam fight in October, which he won.

"It's made a big difference, and I'm looking forward to showing you guys the difference that it's made". He's getting confused. He doesn't know whether he's being himself or trying to become me'.

It's not known if Joshua would be an MMA fighter, or would be sticking to boxing under the planned but not yet official Zuffa Boxing banner. "By my 40th fight, I should be a seasoned professional", he said. I've been riding with Eddie, he's backed me from the get-go.

If he happens to be right, he will pull off one of the major shocks in heavyweight history.