Coming up on the boxing rails like two head on locomotives colliding, Anthony Joshua, is the favorite in his home country going against a Samoan interloper out of the former British Commonwealth of New Zealand down under in the Oz hemisphere, Joseph Parker, this Saturday, March 31st @ Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales.
There it is, the top fight that could be had thus far in this new year of 2018 and likely the top fight by the end of the year the way the derelict Nevada State Athletic Commission has been neutering themselves in their unholy quest to control boxing by emasculating the sport through bogus drug testing.
By the numbers, the 28 year old Joshua, 20-0, 20 KO can be seen as the modern immaculate holy conception of perfection save for the irrefutable fact that he is thankfully quite human and modest in his bearing of his considerable accomplishments.
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The 26 year old thick necked Parker, 24-0, 18 KO is just now starting to mature as one of the new age of supersized heavyweights, yet still a bit more modest than the 6-6 foot tall Joshua at only 6-4 in stature, but by the first bell, we’re talking about a collective 500 pounds of pure muscle, bone, and heart tangling up in a never say die bout for this year.
The only fly in the ointment of this magnificent fight for the ages is the dirty overseer of the BBB of C and it’s drug testing apparatus that has fallen into utter disrepute over the Tyson Fury debacle. A more pathetic combination of stupidity, incompetence, and filth could not be found save in American jurisdictions of Las Vegas and New York City.
Joshua is rightly the modestly large favorite in the modern betting culture at something like 6-1, but the boxing press has been rumbling about large numbers of Brits putting their money on Parker, an indication of what, I’m not even sure the gaming houses can account for.
No matter, I expect a high end fight that sees both fighters run through all their substantial gears, and hopefully a fight to bookmark that moment where we were in our collective memories, not that I expect such an ideal outcome to immediately improve the reputation of boxing. That looks to be taking at least a decade of steady progress that may not even occur, but for now in our immediate moment, it’s Best vs Best Heavyweight Sweepstakes Showdown for dominance…Enjoy…