Anthony Joshua has said he believes he will knock out Joseph Parker in Cardiff on Saturday night when the two heavyweight boxers meet in the ring at the Principality Stadium.
Joshua, the WBA and IBF world heavyweight champion, is the overwhelming favourite ahead of their unification title fight and said on Tuesday if he had just £20 in his pocket he would bet on himself knocking out WBO title holder Parker.
“He is quick and he can take a punch but that is what I have heard, so I am repeating what people are saying,” Joshua said. “You’ve got two sides of it. I am definitely prepared for a 12-round fight, which isn’t a problem.
“Let’s say I’ve got £20 in my pocket, looking at myself I believe Anthony Joshua knocks out Joseph Parker for sure.”
Parker, however, insisted that it will be him that ends up with all three belts following the fight.
“We’ve had a great build-up to this mega fight. I’m looking forward to putting on the best display on March 31,” Parker said. “I feel ready, I feel confident, I feel sharp. I’m taking these belts back to New Zealand.
“We love challenges. We see him as a big challenge and that’s why we want to fight him.
“I feel it’s my time. I’m young, I’m fast and I’m strong and I’m determined to win. I’m here to be part of history and I’m not just doing it for myself, I’m doing it for my team, my family and my country.
“I’m going to beat him but I haven’t decided how I want to beat him yet. I don’t know if it’s a knockout, points or decision. I’ll see how I feel on fight night.”