Welcome to Fightful's live coverage of the historic world heavyweight title unification bout between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker. The fight will unify the WBA "super," IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles and the winner could have a date with WBC champion Deontay Wilder in order to create boxing's first four-belt titleholder across four major governing bodies in the heavyweight division.
We'll be providing live, round-by-round coverage of the main event, which will take place at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales with more than 78,000 people attending the fight.
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Main Event (Showtime: 5 p.m. ET):
- Anthony Joshua defeats Joseph Parker by unanimous decision (118-110, 118-110, 119-109) to unify the WBA "super," IBF and WBO heavyweight titles
Anthony Joshua (c) vs. Joseph Parker (c): WBA "super," IBF, WBO World Heavyweight Championship Unification
Round 1: Parker starts off with a couple of jabs upstairs. Parker misses with the right jab to the body. Joshua throws a weak left jab in the middle of the ring. Both men trade jabs but neither connect. Joshua tags Parker’s body with a right jab. Parker moves around the ropes with Joshua’s feet planted in the center of the ring. Joshua is getting more comfortable with his jab. Joshua lands a right hook to Parker’s body and is pushing forward.
Fightful scored round 1 for Joshua 10-9
Round 2: Parker throws a 1-2 combination to Joshua, but it barely connects. Parker avoids a stiff right jab from Joshua. Parker throws a couple of sharp jabs, but Joshua avoids getting hit by them. Joshua lands a counter right hand and Parker responds with a right hand of his own. Both men clinch for the first time in this fight. Joshua connects with a left jab to Parker’s chin.
Fightful scored round 2 for Joshua 10-9
Round 3: Parker throws a couple of left hooks, but Joshua throws a counter left jab. Parker throws a left jab to the body. Joshua connects with a strong left hook and then lands a short, right uppercut as Parker moves forward. Joshua lands another right jab, forcing Parker to the corner, but Parker then clinches with Joshua. Parker lands a left hook upstairs.
Fightful scored round 3 for Joshua 10-9
Round 4: Joshua lands a counter left hook. Parker connects with a left hand and Joshua lands a hard right jab. Joshua is in a nice rhythm while Parker is giving up space and not pressuring Joshua. Parker throws a few jabs, but they do not land. Parker continues to throw the left jab, but they do not connect. Parker quickly connects with an inside jab to Joshua’s body. Joshua throws a few more jabs as the round ends.
Fightful scored round 4 for Parker 10-9
Round 5: Parker connects with a counter left jab, but Joshua lands a hard left hook that was set up by a right jab. Joshua lands a left jab while Parker moves forward and throws a couple of body shots to throw Joshua off-balance for a brief moment. Parker lands a solid 1-2 combination to Joshua’s face. Parker is starting to get more confident with his punches. Joshua misses with a right jab.
Fightful scored round 5 for Parker 10-9
Round 6: The fight starts off with the first big offensive exchange and now Parker is moving forward, landing a straight left hand. Joshua gets back in position to land a hard right hand as well. Parker throws a body shot, but Joshua connects with a couple of body shots. Parker’s jab seem to have disrupted Joshua’s offensive momentum for a moment. Both men clinch as the round ends.
Fightful scored round 6 for Joshua 10-9
Round 7: Both men continue to walk around the ring, but Joshua lands a hard right hand, but the referee stops the action. So far, the referee has stopped every exciting moment of the fight. Parker lands a couple of right hands to Joshua’s body.
Fightful scored round 7 for Joshua 10-9
Round 8: Joshua lands a left hook to start the round. Both men throw a couple of shots to the body. Joshua lands a left hook upstairs and Parker lands a counter left of his own. Parker doubles down on the left jab. Joshua throws a flurry of punches, but is then interrupted by the referee who is preventing this fight from being any good.
Fightful scored round 8 for Joshua 10-9
Round 9: Parker doubles down on the jab once more but both men clinch. Joshua lands another right uppercut on the inside. Parker connected with a quick left hook, but it barely lands. Parker is moving along the ropes with Joshua still in the middle of the ring. Parker clinches and landed a right hook to the body. Parker pressures Joshua and landed a left hook to the head.
Fightful scored round 9 for Joshua 10-9
Round 10: Parker has a minor cut near his left eye. Both men clinch once more. Parker continues to throw jabs, but then misses with the right hook. Parker closes in and lands a couple of body shots. The two clinch once more. Joshua has Parker on the ropes and misses with the right uppercut, but then barely connects with the left hook.
Fightful scored round 10 for Joshua 10-9
Round 11: Joshua lands a left jab with Parker’s back near the ropes. The two men clinch once again with Parker connecting with a quick right hand. Parker misses with the right hand. Parker moves forward but then takes a right uppercut from Joshua. Parker lands a couple of punches that staggered Joshua for a bit.
Fightful scored round 11 for Joshua 10-9
Round 12: Joshua moves forward for a bit, but Parker quickly gets off the ropes. Parker throws a right hand but Joshua lands a left hand when the two get close. Joshua lands a solid body shot. Parker lands a quick left jab. Parker clinches and then delivers a right hook to Joshua’s body. Joshua lands a left jab and Parker lands a jab of his own. Parker connects with a right hand. The fight ends with the referee separating the two boxers as Joshua lands a couple of right hands.
Fightful scored round 12 for Joshua 10-9, making it 118-110 for Joshua
Official result: Anthony Joshua defeats Joseph Parker by unanimous decision (118-110, 118-110, 119-109) to unify the WBA "super," IBF and WBO heavyweight titles
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