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Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker: Can AJ Continue His Unification Quest?

As the juggernaut clash between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker edges ever closer, we took a look at the best betting options for the unification clash.

Anthony Joshua is a perfect 20-0 in his career, as he looks to complete his current mission to unify the heavyweight division under his championship reign. His next step in accomplishing that goal will be to take on the similarly undefeated Joseph Parker, with the WBO heavyweight championship up for grabs.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Anthony Joshua (White Shorts) puts Wladimir Klitschko (Grey Shorts) down in the 5th round during the IBF, WBA and IBO Heavyweight World Title bout at Wembley Stadium on April 29, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
With many pundits tapping Joshua as the heavy favourite in this bout, can he take another step towards a unified heavyweight division? Or will Parker end that dream along with Joshua’s undefeated run?

If Parker is going to continue his perfect run as a fighter and upset Joshua, he is going to have to do something that no fighter has been able to do against Joshua; avoiding having the fight stopped.

Joshua has won 20 fights in his career, with every single one of them coming by knockout or TKO. Only two of Joshua’s fights have even gone to the 10th round or later, with one of those fights coming against the great Wladimir Klitschko. Many analysts are already looking ahead to a potential bout between Joshua and Deontay Wilder.

Joseph Parker v Razvan Cojanu
Joseph Parker of New Zealand fights Razvan Cojanu of Romania for the WBO Heavyweight Title on May 6, 2017.

Joshua’s knockout power is not lost on Parker’s camp, as his team has stated that they are well aware of the British champ’s ability to end fights. With each of Joshua’s last two fights nearing the distance, though, Parker has to see that there is a blueprint to withstanding Joshua’s barrage to elongate a fight with him.

Of course, there is a difference between knowing that there is a blueprint to win a fight, and executing that blueprint to win the fight.

Joshua vs. Parker Betting Tips

When it comes to Joshua vs. Parker betting tips, there is one market that deserves a look that most punters will not consider when betting on this fight. That market is for Joshua to win the fight via decision, which would be the first time in his career that he failed to knock an opponent out en route to a win.

While it can be difficult to justify backing something that has never happened before, there is a clear rationale behind it that could make it a good investment.

Most bettors are going to back one fighter or the other to win this fight via knockout. This is understandable, as both fighters have seen most, if not all, of their fights, end in knockouts. But in a fight like this between two undefeated boxers, it is much less likely for a fighter to be knocked out.

Neither of these fighters has lost a fight, let alone been put on the canvas for a ten count, which makes a win by decision one of the best Joshua vs. Parker betting tips available. If that seems a risky choice, offers like William Hill’s £30 free bet would render it risk-free and a potential money-maker.

Parker is also a fighter who has seen a number of his recent fights go to decision, with his last three bouts all going to the scorecards. It is entirely possible that this fight follows a similar formula, as these two warriors should be able to keep themselves upright for the duration.

Selection: Anthony Joshua to win by decision.

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Author: Maurice Gleeson

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