British-Nigerian boxer Anthony Joshua has said that he will knockout Joseph Parker when they fight in a unification bout on Saturday. The 28-year-old pugilist said on Tuesday that he had learnt lessons from his April 2017 fight with Wladimir Klitschko. The IBF, WBA and IBO champions said his fear of losing the spotlight will spur him to beat Parker.
''I don't want to lose. The fear of losing is that unless I take care of my business nobody is going to want to interview me.
''So I have to make sure to stay focused on the job at task. That is the fear of losing because it keeps me motivated.
''One minute you're the man and the next you're not. So you have two sides to it. I am definitely preparing for a 12-round fight. Let's say if I have £20 in my pocket then I would put it on myself to knock Joseph Parker out,'' he said.
Joshua also said his training had been more focused on technique and ability. He expressed confidence that his New Zealand opponent would fall at the Principality Stadium when they clash.
Meanwhile, Parker has said he has only one mission and that is to bring back the belts. He brushed off fears that the venue of the fight, which is in Cardiff, favours Joshua. He said he had friends and family in the Welsh city that would come out to support him.
“I am not here to put on a show, I want to bring those belts back, said Parker.
“He's at his best, I am at my best. There's no excuses. Whoever wins is the best man on the day. I have a lot of supporters and my family are here, I am going to beat him. I haven't decided how yet but I am going to beat him – 100 per cent. These belts are mine.”