Anthony Joshua has been sent a serious warning by Kevin Barry, the coach for Joseph Parker. Barry told Joshua to forget Wilder and Fury!
Barry Hitting Out at Joshua Before He Meets Parker
Anthony Joshua has been ordered to stop bad-mouthing Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder before he has even stepped into the ring to face Joseph Parker by the New Zealand boxer’s coach.
Joshua is the current reigning WBA and IBF world heavyweight champion, as punters who enjoy the sports betting NZ has to offer will know only too well, and has indicated his plans to unify the division this year. Doing this will require him getting hold of the WBO and the WBC titles, currently held by Parker and Wilder respectively.
The first unification bout is likely to be announced soon, thanks to Joshua and Eddie Hearn, promoter, coming to the end of prolonged talks with Parker’s camp regarding a fight between the two boxers at the end of March 2018.
Barry has, however, hit out at Joshua, who has been talking up fighting with Wilder and returning former champ Tyson Fury, for being disrespectful.
Joshua is Laughable, According to Barry
Kevin Barry has stated that Joshua talking about Fury and Wilder is laughable to him, adding that the fact that Joshua is honestly looking past Joseph Parker means that Joshua is in for a very big, very rude awakening.
Barry is not impressed by the two fights Joshua won last year, either, against Wladimir Klitschko and Carlos Takam. Barry said that Takam had taken on the fight with only 12 days notice, and Klitschko was 40-years old for the bouts.
Parker has also faced the tricky Takam, the New Zealander managing a unanimous decision win on his home soil before he went on to become world champion.
Joshua, meanwhile, managed to force a stoppage in the tenth round, a fact which some have said may well give him the upper hand ahead of the upcoming unification fight. Hearn, however, believes that the weight of a home crowd, and the fact that Parker seems unable to cope with pressure will play the deciding role. Barry begs to disagree.
Parker is a Relaxed Fighter, Says Barry
Barry has stated that Joseph Parker is the single most laidback fighter he has ever worked with as far as being able to control his emotions is concerned and he is certainly not a hothead or prone to trash talk like Conor McGregor. He added that, no matter how many people were in attendance, be it 2000 or 80 000, the very same boxer would always be walking into the ring, in the same routine that he had worked out with Barry over the last five years.
He went on to say that what he, Barry, knew about heavyweight boxing was that the fighters needed to be able to give punches, and both could, but they needed to take them, too. He then said that Parker has never been down, not as an amateur, as a professional, or whilst sparring. Barry concluded by saying that he would back Parker over any heavyweight fighter in the world, and that his team was eager to do so against Anthony Joshua.