Higgins: Joshua Making A Mistake Not Focusing On Parker

Joseph Parker’s promoter, David Higgins believes Anthony Joshua is making a grave mistake discussing a deal with Deontay Wilder, instead of focusing on his fight on March 31. The undefeated Brit and New Zealander are mere weeks away from their title defense at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. However, there has been increased speculation of […]

Joseph Parker’s promoter, David Higgins believes Anthony Joshua is making a grave mistake discussing a deal with Deontay Wilder, instead of focusing on his fight on March 31.

The undefeated Brit and New Zealander are mere weeks away from their title defense at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. However, there has been increased speculation of a fight between Joshua and WBC belt holder, Wilder.

Higgins insists Parker is not concerned about Wilder being next in line to face the IBF and WBA ‘super’ title holder, and the promoter believes Joshua is making a mistake ignoring the threat the WBO holder poses.

“All this talk about Deontay Wilder, I think Anthony Joshua looks past Joseph Parker at his peril,” Higgins told Sky Sports.

“Anthony Joshua’s making a grave mistake, if he’s looking past Parker. It’s one thing to quietly analyse future possibilities, but if they are going any further and are in the early stage of negotiations, it’s far too early for any of that.

 

“I don’t think Joseph Parker or Kevin Barry will be the slightest bit concerned that the Joshua camp are discussing all these other possibilities when they’ve got an unbeaten world champion in front of him, who has never been dropped in his life, and is lightning fast with his hands, and has great footwork.”

Both boxers faced each other on the Gloves Are Off, and Higgins believes Parker dealt a psychological blow.

“I thought Joseph Parker was quite calm and steely confident,” said Higgins. “He was obviously looking Joshua dead in the eye, without any flinching whatsoever. He certainly wasn’t overawed one bit.

 

“Joseph managed to get in there a bit of a critique of Joshua, his strengths and weaknesses.

 

“Joshua was questioned on Parker’s weaknesses, but didn’t come up with any. He didn’t state any weaknesses at all. I think Joseph just had the edge, if I’m honest.”

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