JOSEPH PARKER could cause a huge upset against Anthony Joshua on Saturday night if he is able to use speed to counteract his opponent’s superior size, a boxing expert has claimed.
The winner will leave Wales with the WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO world heavyweight belts, leaving hard-hitting American Deontay Wilder as the only other champion in the division.
Joshua goes into the fight as the huge favourite.
And New Zealand-born Parker’s task will not be made easier by Joshua’s 6-inch reach advantage.
But boxing pundit Steve Bunce thinks he could have a trick up his sleeve.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Boxing with Costello and Bunce podcast, he said: “It’s a big advantage – you saw it in the height and we’re going to see it with the reach.
“But here’s the thing, it’s not a surprise.
“I can assure you, Parker and his coach – they’re not going to leave the ring after this fight and hear the things everybody said after Wladimir Klitschko.
“His team will have a plan, I hope!
“That plan, I think, will be speed and their own jabs. Don’t be at all surprised if we see Parker putting one, two and three jabs to get closer.”