Anthony Joshua cast a wide net over the boxing world on Saturday night where all eyes were glued to TV sets all over the world, His appeal seems to hold no limitation, selling out another stadium and putting 80,000+ asses on seats in the Welsh capital.
Joseph Parker the man tasked with performing an upset of sorts, told media in the run-up to the fight that he would be mobile with the power to knock out the hulking Londoner, well he was half right.
Anthony Joshua was taken the distance for the first time but it was hardly the power struggle that Parker and his team promised, he pawed out the jab, moved and pawed out the jab some more, in a bid to outlast Joshua or perhaps putting too much emphasis on Joshua’s reported stamina issues.
It would have been a decent tactic but it was one which needed to be executed at a high tempo, something that Parker failed to realize, Joshua was happy enough to step in with the occasional jab, trying his big right hand on occasion but more so than not missing its target, all the time whilst the referee tried in vain not to allow the fight to catch fire with his numerous breaks in action, hand signals that an air traffic controller would have been proud of.
In the end, it was a rather pedestrian defense of his title but putting a positive spin on things, it would act to give him some much-needed rounds that may come in handy in the years to follow.
There is no denying the ability of Joshua, He’s confident, trains like a man possessed and holds knockout power, also his star appeal amongst the general public holds no bounds, with that comes the expectation level which can sometimes be difficult to match.
Some may have left the Principality stadium on Saturday night with the feeling of deflation, especially the more casual observers but being a champion is not about pleasing everyone, it’s about keeping hold of that prestigious number one spot, whatever it takes, this weekend it took a more strategic course but he got the job done without controversy.
Fight fans were however greeted with the prospect of a more exciting encounter as the octaves rose in the stadium when the name Deontay Wilder was mentioned as a potential dance partner in 2018.
I feel it is much the exaggeration, both men talk but so far we have yet to see either walk the walk, in a standoff that is likely to continue a little longer still, possibly moving to 2019, even then I refuse to hold my breath.
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