Background[ edit ] It was reported that Joseph Parker 's team were looking at Lucas Browne as a potential match-up if they failed to land a unification fight with Joshua.
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According to Parker's promoter David Higgins, a date in March was being discussed with Joshua's team, however Eddie Hearn offered an 80—20 split, which would favour Joshua.
Higgins spoke to Fairfax Media , saying the offer would need to be more reasonable, also taking into consideration the fight would take place in the UK. Higgins made a final offer to Hearn on 22 November He told Sky Sports, "It's our final bottom line decision. We feel anything less is disrespectful or a disgrace.
Higgins listed Camp Nou as the potential venue.
Hearn said they were over-paying Parker, with the deal being Higgins stated that a rematch clause would be in place for Joshua, should he lose.
Parker weighed in first at Joshua weighed The judges scored the fight , and in favour of Joshua. Many media outlets, including ESPN, had the fight much closer, generally around with Joshua the clear winner.
With going the distance, Joshua's 20 fight knockout streak came to an end. Parker used his movement well to slip a lot of Joshua's attack but in doing so did not do enough himself to win more rounds. Parker started on the backfoot in the opening rounds allowing Joshua to take the rounds.
There was an accidental clash of heads in round 3, however neither boxer was cut from this. There was another accidental head-butt in round 9 where the referee called for a short break.
Joshua's tape on his left glove kept coming loose and he was ordered to go back to his corner for a re-tape. Parker suffered a cut over his left eye after Joshua accidentally elbowed him.
In round 12, neither boxers engaged as much as expected with Joshua trying to track Parker down, who again, on the backfoot looked to survive the round. The fight was marred by Italian referee Giuseppe Quartarone, who kept both boxers from fighting on the inside.
This mostly had negative impact on Parker, where he was seen to have the most success. The referee was breaking the action each time both boxers were on the inside, even when they were still throwing shots.
Many boxers, pundits and both the Sky Sports and Showtime broadcast team criticised the referee during and after the fight. Joshua used his reach advantage and utilised his jab more often from round 7 onwards. In total, Joshua landed 93 jabs with a connect rate of Parker landed 49 jabs with a much lower connect rate of Parker was the busier power puncher of the two landed 52 power punches, which included 29 to the body of Joshua Joshua was more accurate with his power shots in landing 46 with a connect rate of The old saying is the right hand could take you around the block, but a good jab will take you around the world.
And that secured another championship belt.
So I stuck behind the jab and I made sure anything that was coming back, I was switched on, I was focused and 12 rounds, baby! I thought it was hard, right? A lot to work on.
It was a good experience being here. Thank you all for the opportunity to fight in this big stadium. No regrets, you know, take it on the chin. Come back stronger, more punches. But I would love to have another go. Just back to the drawing board.
The live showing averaged , viewers and peaked at , viewers.
A replay was shown later in the evening which saw an increase. The replay averaged , viewers and peaked at , viewers.
Nielsen Media Research. These figures were an increase for Joshua on Showtime, as his last fight on Showtime against Carlos Takam in October averaged , viewers.