If 2017 for Anthony Joshua was about becoming the world’s number one heavyweight, 2018 is all about creating his legacy, writes boxingscene.com.
“No one is on the journey anymore,” Joshua said on Wednesday. “We’re at the destination.” Bold words for someone with just 20 professional fights to his name. Then again, Joshua is no normal boxer.
Potentially within four months, the 28-year-old Brit could be the first undisputed world heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 2000, and the first boxer to hold all four belts in the division – WBA, IBF, WBO and WBC.
Stage 1 comes on March 31 when Joshua, the WBA, IBO and IBF champion, fights WBO titleholder Joseph Parker in front of around 80,000 spectators in Cardiff.
If all goes to plan in the Welsh capital, the fight the world wants to see should be next – Joshua vs. WBC champion Deontay Wilder, a meeting of heavyweight boxing’s two most destructive punchers.