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Anthony Joshua defeats Joseph Parker on points and is WBA, IBO, IBF and now WBO World Champion

Anthony Joshua celebrates with his belts after victory over Joseph Parker in their WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight Championship contest CREDIT: PA

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British star Joshua added the WBO belt to the WBA and IBF belts he already holds, but he was taken the distance for the first time in his professional career.

It was his 21st straight career victory, although previously unbeaten New Zealander Parker delivered a battling display without seriously troubling Joshua.

Talk will now further intensify of Joshua fighting unbeaten American and current WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder for all four belts.

Joshua, almost a stone lighter than when he beat Carlos Takam in Cardiff last October, did enough without setting the fight alight, while Parker had his moments, even if an upset victory never looked on.

Joshua appeared relaxed as he walked to the ring in front of a sell-out crowd approaching 80,000, while Parker also lapped up the occasion during his entrance before both fighters got down to business and protected unbeaten records.

Both men tried to get their jabs going in the first round, and Joshua began to back Parker up in the closing stages of an opening three minutes that he shaded after dominating the centre of the ring.

Joshua's superior reach and jabbing prowess ensured that Parker remained on the back foot in round two, and there were also signs of the Kiwi having a bloodied nose.

Joshua and Parker embrace after final round

Parker's punches continued to fall well short as Joshua's jab proved effective for the British boxer to win a second round and continue leaving his opponent with no sign of finding his way into the contest.

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.

Round four followed a similar pattern, then Joshua caught his opponent with a couple of powerful body shots in round five before Parker tried to raise the tempo, and it proved his best spell of a fascinating encounter.

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.
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.
Anthony Joshua celebrates his new title

Those Joshua quotes in full

Speaking to Sky Sports: "I'm not going to make any analysis of my performance, that's for my coach to do.

"My strategy was to stick behind the jab - it's one of the most important weapons - a good jab will take you around the world. I was switched on, focused and went 12 rounds. It was light work. [Whether it's] ten rounds, two rounds or 12 rounds.

"This was about boxing finesse - I stuck to my word. I know what it takes to be a champion. Joshua Parker said he wanted a war, but it was all about boxing finesse. The main thing we cannot forget is that I am the unified heavyweight champion of the world."

Who will he fight next? "Wilder let's go baby, let's go!"

"I'm not interested in coming to America. All these years, we've gone to the States, people have spent a lot of money following British boxers over there. [But] we can do it in London, Cardiff. We are staying right here.

"I want Wilder. Or Fury. Get him [Wilder] in the ring and I'll knock him spark out."


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