Anthony Joshua: 'David Price got better of me in sparring'

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Parker's promoter David Higgins brought up Joshua's "weak chin", a theme they had highlighted during fight negotiations.

Anthony Joshua's ability to take a punch was the chief talking point as he took the stage with fellow heavyweight champion Joseph Parker for the first time ahead of their unification fight.

'What I have learned from those times of adversity and going through storms is that it will take more than any human to stop me on this journey'. I took my time last time out, but I got the win which is the most important thing.

New Zealander Parker feels that facing Nigerian-born Briton Joshua, who holds the International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Organisation (IBO) heavyweight titles, would be just a ceremony.

Joshua is aiming to see off the challenge of 26-year-old Parker before targeting a clash with American Deontay Wilder later in the year.

Joshua was happy to talk about those knockdowns and what was going on out of the ring.

"We respect the achievement of winning 20 straight fights and holding two belts", Higgins said.

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But while Puel fended off more questions about Riyad Mahrez's future afterwards, he also admitted the Foxes star has been quizzing him on life in France.

'Anthony Joshua is a big, strong, powerful guy.

And while Higgins was reiterating those claims, Joshua interrupted him to explain the three occasions he accepts he was troubled: once as an amateur, once in training and once in a professional fight.

"You'll find out in this fight whether I'm the super-human or I've got something pushing on this super-human power that he claims I have".

Joshua added: "It is an honour to be up here with another world champion". I don't know what his strengths and weaknesses will be.

Parker, who has won all 24 of his fights and amassed 18 knockouts, adopted a far more diplomatic tone when meeting Joshua for the first time on Tuesday. He knows mine. I know his weaknesses.

"I even went to bed early for this. We're not saying he has a glass jaw, but we are going to find out on March 31".

Joshua said he had be recalled late to the Great Britain team and was "very unfit" when he was dropped in the European championships - "I didn't get dropped, I was stopped". "And I'm hoping to catch him on the chin and knock him out", the WBO champion calmly stated. "Joseph is quicker, has a better chin and is probably mentally tougher". "Something that shocked us is apparently in English boxing it's not customary to do that".