Nigerian-born British boxer Anthony ‘AJ’ Joshua has laughed off insinuations from the camp of his next opponent Joseph Parker that he has a glass jaw.
Both boxers will put their undefeated record on the line when they face off in the boxing ring in Cardiff on March 31 after the fight was confirmed at the weekend.
Joseph Parker is a WBO heavyweight title holder while AJ holds the WBA super, IBO and IBF titles.
Speaking when both players met face-to-face in London, Anthony Joshua revealed that he has only been hurt three times.
He said: “There is a lot of talk about me being dropped.”
“but it’s only happened three times. The first was the European championships, when only two weeks before I had been called back into the programme, because I was banned from the GB team. I was very unfit but I got stopped not dropped.
“The second time was with David Price, I came out of a police cell the day before and went up there to spar. Price is a puncher and that was down to lack of experience. And [Wladimir] Klitschko taught me that it will take more than a human to stop me from going where I am going. The rumours the Parker camp have heard are fake news.”
Parker had also hinted at the weekend that AJ was the “king of steroids” before shedding more light during their first press conference.
Parker said: “They accused me of being the king of pies, so that was the first thing that came into my head.”
“It’s one of those things you say without thinking and it wasn’t the best thing to say.” he added.
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, revealed that he had paid “something like £30,000” to ensure that the fighters would be tested with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association in addition to the random testing through UK Anti-Doping.
Eddie Hearn said: “The last three or four fights we have been tested eight times in camp by Vada and Ukad over a 12-week period”