Anthony Joshua Secures New Heavyweight Title After Unanimous Victory Against Joseph Parker

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Giuseppe Quartarone was the third man in the ring as Joshua added the WBO, to his IBF and WBA belts.

The 29 year-old Fury was subsequently stripped of the IBF title later that year for being unable to grant a fight against his mandatory challenger, Vyacheslav Glazkov, due to agreeing to a rematch with Klitschko.

Almost a stone lighter than in his last fight, against Takam, he moved with noticeably more nimbleness, in and out of range, and generally looked sharper.

"It is a fight Anthony Joshua really wants and I think he wants it this year", confirmed Barry Hearn, chairman and founder of Joshua's promoters Matchroom.

"Just watching these two and I'm telling you they're a pair of wooden tops", Fury said in posts that have since been removed.

The main thing we can not forget is that I am the unified heavyweight champion of the world.

"I am the No. 1 heavyweight in the world, and Ortiz is No. 2".

But any criticism will seem harsh.

The win over Parker did not deserve the criticism it generated on social media because there was hardly a moment when Joshua was not in control.

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Joshua's desire to fight on UK soil remained after his latest victory - although he could be tempted to the United States by a big offer. If it's a one-to-one and he needs to go for it, he'll do it. "We can do it in London round Wembley, [or] Cardiff", he added. It's local. We're staying right here.

"Ortiz was a challenging fight and the defining career win that I needed because he's a southpaw who made me have to think. But there hasn't been one yet".

Shortly before the bout started, Parker's promoter, David Higgins, came to the press seats at ringside while an undercard bout was taking place to allege Joshua's camp had tried to get his boxer's hand wraps changed in a bid to unsettle his man.

Whyte is also on the cards and has also expressed his interested in a showdown with Wilder after challenging him following his victory over Lucas Browne last month, but he may need to wait for Joshua to make his move before getting his wish. I was switched on and I was focused, Joseph Parker is a world champion and I said this was about boxing finesse. "I'm young, fit, strong, I didn't go down and showed I'm fit to go 12 rounds". Get in and win the fight. "It was his 21st professional fight, and the first time he went the distance".

Wilder aside, who else is there for Joshua?

"I want[Deontay] Wilder or [Tyson] Fury". Beyond Wilder and Povetkin, the most risky tests are rematches against Parker and British rival Dillian Whyte.

On the topic of the resurgence in popularity of heavyweight boxing, Anthony Joshua's name is one that tends to dominate the conversation and Saturday night he managed to prove why.

"It's a big barrier for boxers to get across". The boxing world and beyond wants it.

A cut opened up near Parker's left eye in round 10, and although he produced his most effective punch of the contest in the next round, Joshua had already done more than enough.