Joshua Wilder Unification Talks Could Start Next Week - Hearn

Anthony Joshua

FOR the first time, a unification title fight to bring together the WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles took place on British soil and last night (Saturday) Anthony Joshua came out the convincing points victor.

He added Parker's WBO belt to his own WBA, IBF and lightly regarded IBO straps.

Reacting to the outcome of the fight, Briton Lewis who was the last heavyweight boxer to hold the undisputed title, hailed Joshua for keeping things simple. I pray for success and I pray for his health and I pray that he'll be safe when he leaves the ring.

But Wilder did cause controversy over the weekend with a vile remark about wanting "a body" on his record. And anyway, unification fights always trump mandatories. Get in and win the fight. I'm not into the hype, let's get the business done.

The proceeds from tickets for Joshua's weight-in on Friday were donated to the family of Scott Westgarth, the 31-year-old English boxer who died from injuries sustained during a light-heavyweight victory over Dec Spelman last month, and the unified heavyweight champion explained he sought out Parker's mother after inflicting her son's first professional loss. They hugged after the final bell, though Parker knew he had been beaten before the scores were announced.

"We didn't quite do enough today to win the fight".

Taking Joshua across the Atlantic would be more about promoting Joshua in the USA than acceding to Wilder demands.

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Gazza, 50, looked dapper in a grey suit as Joshua, 28, made his way towards him in the crowd.

"When they were brawling, there were hints of Joe nearly getting in there, but everyone is saying - not me - people who know a lot more about boxing were saying that ref allowed Anthony Joshua to execute a very disciplined, conservative fight plan, which did suit Joshua and did not suit Parker. Get him [Wilder] in the ring and I'll knock him spark out".

"These are two undefeated heavyweight champions".

Parker began to cut something of a frustrated figure, and the fight's pattern seemed well set by the third round as Joshua continued to make the most of his reach advantage, although there was a concerning moment when the pair clashed heads before Joshua banked another round.

"No. All these years United Kingdom fighters had to go to America, everyone had to spend a heap of money to go to Vegas. I have no doubt that these guys will fight again, sooner rather than later".

He said: 'I think it has to happen in 2018 otherwise we are going to see problems. It explains why Joshua tipped the scales at almost a stone lighter than he did for his previous fight.

But Parker did show that he deserves to be on the same stage as Joshua. As the affable loser said: "I fought good, but he was the better man on the day".

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