Boxer Joshua to fight Parker on March 31

Joseph Parker has fought just once on British soil before beating Hughie Fury on points in September

Joseph Parker has fought just once on British soil before beating Hughie Fury on points in September

"This is another huge unification fight for Anthony as he continues to make history in the quest to become undisputed world heavyweight champion".

He said: "I' like to wish you all a happy new year".

Joseph Parker will fight Anthony Joshua on March 31st (UK Time), with the fight being confirmed overnight by Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn.

Another unification fight and in the heavyweight division no less.

"Anthony Joshua is in for a huge shock", Parker said.

Joshua will put his WBA and IBF titles on the line against New Zealander Parker, who has held the WBO version of the title since December 2016. "A couple of months ago I heard him say, "Why should I be anxious about this little kid from New Zealand"?"

Anthony Joshua will enter the fight as the favourite
DAN MULLAN GETTY IMAGES Anthony Joshua will enter the fight as the favourite

"Well, now he's about to find out, and the world is about to find out whether AJ can really take a punch". My entire existence is now devoted to proving what the boxing world already knows'.

The WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO World titles will be on the line on Easter weekend, in the same stadium where Joshua extended his undefeated record to 20-0, with a tenth round TKO victory over Carlos Takam, in October.

"New Zealand might be a tiny country on the other side of the world but it has a hugely proud sporting tradition - and a particularly strong tradition when it comes to whipping mother England", Higgins said. He's consistently fought fighters in the world's top ten and he's beaten them all easily.

Anthony Joshua will enter the fight as the favourite. "2018 is set to be yet another exciting chapter in the stadium's illustrious history!"

Matchroom's official Twitter account posted a message to say that dates for tickets are to be released soon along with price and travel packages.

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