Joseph Parker

Joseph Parker admits he felt uncomfortable in the build up to AJ

The world champ spoke to Mantis on Niu FM Breakfast live yesterday from London, after appearing at his first pre-fight conference with Joshua in London.

Parker stood face to face with his opponent for the first time since the announcement of the fight.

He says he's happy the talk is done because he hasn't been feeling like his genuine self.

“Now that the fights locked in, it’s back to the person that I am, so some of the things that I said and the way that I acted, it wasn’t really me and I felt uncomfortable doing it,” he says.

Joshua: Parker claims fake news

WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight champion Joshua and WBO belt-holder Parker are set for a unification bout at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on March 31 in a hotly anticipated clash.

In November, before the fight had been agreed, the Parker camp released a video which showed Joshua being knocked down during his amateur days, as well as clips from former sparring partners claiming they had floored him.

At a media conference on Tuesday, Parker's promoter David Higgins spoke up about the issue.

Joseph Parker's mum admits fears as son signs on for history-making fight with AJ

At least, that's what Sala Parker keeps telling herself.

The 26-year-old South Aucklander's title unification fight against Anthony Joshua was finally made official late Sunday night, with an April 1st (NZT) date booked for Cardiff's Principality stadium.

It shapes to be the biggest stage arguably any New Zealand sportsman has ever appeared upon, with an audience of over 80,000 inside the stadium and the eyes of the wider sporting world certain to be tuned in.

Parker taunts fire up Joshua

WBO champion Parker is desperate to fight WBA and IBF champion Joshua and the big Brit believes a March or April bout in the UK is "realistic".

It seems Parker's unorthodox methods of prompting Joshua into taking the fight are hitting a nerve.

Team Parker have released videos to question Joshua's "glass chin" and repeatedly accused him of greed as the Kiwis haggle for a 35 per cent cut of the net profit from what would be a mega-fight.

Joshua has tried to steer clear of the trash talk though he admits there is a place for the "gutter" element of boxing.

Joseph Parker: How I can beat Anthony Joshua

WBO champion Parker is in negotiations with IBF and WBA champion Anthony Joshua for a blockbuster bout in Britain in late March.

Talks have been long and difficult but Parker says they are now "very close" to making the fight a reality.

Parker is already working on a game plan and laying the foundations with his current fitness camp in Auckland where weight loss is a key as he tries to regain the speed that set him apart. 

Joseph Parker reveals his three dream fights for 2018

Parker's handlers are in intense negotiations for the WBO world champion to have a unification fight with Joshua, the IBF and WBA belts holder.

That is looking increasingly likely for late March in Britain.

The goal for the winner of that fight will be to then take on WBC champion Wilder to try to be the undisputed world champion.

Parker has that on his mind and more as he plots what he hopes will be a defining year in his career.

Anthony Joshua ready to overpay Parker

Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn finally seems willing to concede some terms to Team Parker to get the fight done, confirming Cardiff's 78,000 seater Principality Stadium is the most likely venue for March.

"We're close," Hearn told Sky Sports UK. "We're at a stage now where we're having to compromise on certain points that we don't really want to, but ultimately we're going to have to because if you want to fight Anthony Joshua, these guys - they want to be overpaid.

Joshua-Parker fight close

WBA and IBF heavyweight champion Joshua is poised for a blockbuster 2018, with bouts against WBO title-holder Parker, WBC king Deontay Wilder and the unbeaten Tyson Fury all potentially in the offing.

Parker looks set to be Joshua's next opponent in a unification clash, though negotiations have not gone entirely smoothly, with the Briton's camp angered by a media conference staged by the 25-year-old and his team.

Promoter David Higgins, Parker and his trainer Kevin Barry explained why he would defeat the owner of the WBA and IBF straps, who they dubbed 'Glass Jaw Joshua'.

Joseph Parker's boss set to close Anthony Joshua fight deal

Joseph Parker's promoter David Higgins looks set to head to Britain for face-to-face talks to seal a world heavyweight boxing title unification fight with Anthony Joshua that now looks to be heading for a major stadium.

"We feel like there is a deal that can be in place with Parker and his team within the next week or so," Joshua's boss Eddie Hearn Hearn told Sky Sports on Thursday.

"There's a good chance [Parker's promoter] David Higgins will fly over in the next week to try and close the deal.

Parker offers AJ rematch clause

WBO champion Parker is eager to fight IBF and WBA champion Joshua next, looking to set up a bout in the UK in March.

Parker kept up his relentless pressure on the big Brit with another tweet highlighting what he sees as a susceptibility in Joshua's chin.

"Doesn't a 65-35 per cent between two unbeaten champions sound fair? Nearly double our share. Don't worry, a rematch clause is there in case you're worried about your chin," Parker taunted in his latest social media post.