CARDIFF, Wales — Anthony Joshua was once taken the distance for the primary time prior to beating Joseph Parker by means of unanimous resolution and turning into a 3-belt world heavyweight boxing champion on Saturday.
Following a struggle whose flow was once disrupted by way of the common interventions of Italian referee Giuseppe Quartarone, judges awarded it to Joshua 118-A HUNDRED AND TEN and the other makes it 119-109.
Joshua gained his earlier 20 fights by knockout however struggled to land many clean photographs on Parker, who stayed alive together with his movement and counterattacking talents in entrance of a crowd of SEVENTY EIGHT,000 at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.
“We’re no longer happy,” Joshua stated, “but one step at a time.”
Joshua added Parker’s WBO strap to his WBA and IBF titles, and moved inside of one belt of turning into the first undisputed champion given that Lennox Lewis in 2000.
Deontay Wilder holds the opposite primary heavyweight belt, the WBC’s, and could meet Joshua ahead of the end of the 2018.
“Wilder, allow’s move baby,” Joshua screamed in his interview within the ring.
Neither fighter was once knocked down and Parker controlled to bypass such a lot of Joshua’s big bombs, although he finished the battle with a cut round his left eye after catching an elbow in the 10th round.
“i was beaten through the better guy,” Parker said after dropping for the first time in 25 fights.
It was once handiest the second one heavyweight unification name bout among unbeaten combatants, after Mike Tyson against Tony Tucker in 1987.