Anthony Joshua weighed a leaner physique to douse speculations that he could be overweigh with a 17st 4lbs 2oz as he hit the scale ahead of his unification fight on Saturday.
Wilder now carries a 40-0 record after claiming a TKO victory over Luis Ortiz on March 3. Who is on the Joshua compared to Parker undercard? Takam fought valiantly against both, sees them both as very good boxers, but ultimately sees this fight as a contest between Joshua's strength and Parker's speed, per Newshub New Zealand. Eventually, he will catch him with a right hand. "The Joshua family is solidly behind him". How fast can I come back? It's easy to say that from the outside, but when you're in there, Anthony Joshua is an absolute monster of a man.
Joshua has disposed of everyone he's faced.
Haye touches on everything. He'll last for the first half of the fight, but Joshua's punches will take their toll.
Joshua is also now a bona fide "stadium fighter", so much more used to the big occasion than Parker, and a near-80,000 crowd is expected under the roof of Wales' national stadium.
Anthony Joshua (L) and Joseph Parker at weigh-in on Friday.
Despite the fact that Parker's team has blamed the dip on his weight, the hard truth might turn out to be that Parker just isn't the same fighter against higher competition. "This is our own way of saying we identify with Anthony, who is a great representative of Sagamu". But that's been forgotten and it doesn't matter because Wilder beat Ortiz conclusively, erasing all questions as to him being at worst the second-best heavyweight in boxing.
And there are even some who believe Wilder will yet show up to stir a frenzied heavyweight scene a little more.
Parker had noticeably increased his work-rate, although Joshua still held control and he got a quickfire combination going at the end of round eight which ended a quiet spell for the British star.
American Deontay Wilder is a potential opponent for Joshua further down the line, and Hearn admitted that "it is important to get him in the ring at some stage", but all attention is now concentrated on the challenge posed by unbeaten New Zealander Parker.
For the first time in his professional career, Joshua was taken to the judges' scorecards and in truth 118-110, 118-110, 119-109 looked a little kindly on his performance. Instead, Parker expects to come in Saturday closer to the 235 pounds he campaigned at on the road toward his first title shot in 2016.
Both fighters are undefeated, and I'm not at all convinced we'll see a knockout on Sunday.
"The biggest thing for me is the challenge of fighting someone like Joshua, and the challenge of if it goes into a dark place, how long will I stay there for?"
After the stare-down, Parker and Joshua shook hands and briefly chatted on the stage. This wasn't going to be a Kubrat Pulev type of fight where I'm going to be jabbing or counter punching. "I knew there would be a big 2018 on the horizon". "One minute you're the man, and the next you're not", he told Inquirer.
Fighters motivated by the fear of losing all that they've acquired monetarily, and in status, are risky. "I think he is such a sponge in terms of absorbing information in his career, I think we will see an improved Joshua, and a winning one".
"I want a body on my record". Parker has wins over Andy Ruiz Jr. and Hughie Fury. "Let's go!" Joshua told the 78,000 people in the Principality Stadium.
Joshua is only two inches taller than Parker, but he looks like a juggernaut in comparison. But if AJ struggles some, those favoring Wilder will become a dime a dozen.