Anthony Joshua beat Joseph Parker by unanimous decision at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium this past weekend to become the unified world heavyweight champion. Odds to win Heavyweight Title Bout: Wilder vs. Joshua.
With the victory Joshua owns a professional record of 21-0. Parker suffered the first in his career. And with the points win Joshua unifies three versions of the world heavyweight title.
ESPN’s Nick Parkinson wrote this morning that “Joshua confirmed his status as the world’s leading heavyweight, but expects criticism for his latest performance, as it did not have the usual explosive finish. But any criticism will seem harsh. Joshua did what he had to do and, while Parker deserves a lot of credit, it was a measured and controlled display from the Brit to earn win No. 21”.
The “What we learned” piece by Parkinson went on to report that “Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn talked earlier this year about a plan to take him to Brooklyn this summer. And Hearn’s father and head of Matchroom Sport, Barry Hearn, believes Joshua would consider fighting in the U.S.”
“Anthony Joshua wants all the belts — that is the big card Deontay Wilder has got to play. Commercially, Joshua is far, far bigger than Deontay Wilder,” Hearn told the BBC Radio 5Live on Sunday.
Joshua’s next opponent is projected to be against Deontay Wilder, a 12-Round title event. “Wilder’s WBO belt is the only one Anthony Joshua lacks.
“I think negotiations will start next week. I think it’s a fight Anthony Joshua wants and I think he really wants it this year. Wilder would come over here [to the UK] because in the world we live in, in boxing, the couple of million dollars Wilder is currently getting for a fight is pretty small fry in comparison to the rewards that await him for a Joshua fight, according to Walesonline.co.uk.
“I still think in the long-term, when Anthony sits down and thinks it through he makes up a decision that to become a truly global sports star perhaps he needs to go to America. I wouldn’t rule out AJ fighting in America despite his comments last night.”
“Hearn also said a clash with Wilder in the UK would only take place in August or September due to the weather. Joshua has so far had all 21 fights in the U.K. and his last three bouts have pulled in crowds of 90,000, 78,000 and 78,000 again, wrote Matthew Wouthcombe and Ian Mitchelmore at the WalesOnline.com portal.
The World’s Largest Race and Sportsbook, WestGate, posted the opening Odds for the expected Wilder vs. Joshua bout: