Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker undercard: The world class, the Welsh and the unwanted

Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker undercard: The world class, the Welsh and the unwanted

The Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20KO) knockout show returns to Cardiff on Saturday.

Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing has prepared a deeper showcase for Welsh fight fans than was offered on their last trip across the Severn Bridge.

The eight part undercard has something for everyone to warm up for AJ’s world heavyweight title fight unification against New Zealand’s Joseph Parker (24-0, 18KO). has broken down what fans at the Principality Stadium and watching on Sky Box Office can expect to see.


Belfast’s Ryan Burnett (18-0, 9KO) defends his World Boxing Association [WBA] belt against Yonfrez Parejo (21-2-1, 10KO), a relatively unseen Venezuelan mandatory challenger. It’s the first outing of the multi-talented Adam Booth trained bantamweight since he raised eyebrows by vacating his International Boxing Federation [IBF] crown. Both have shared competitive fights with Zhanat Zhakiyanov, though only the Ulsterman prevailed with a win.

Manchester’s former WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla (32-6-3, 13KO) continues his road back to title fights against Mexico’s Edson Ramirez (18-2-1, 8KO), who has never been stopped. It should be a relatively routine run out over 10 rounds. There are rumours that the next season of the World Boxing Super Series will include the lightweight division, so expect clever and risk-free tactics from Crolla.

2016 Olympic light-heavyweight medallist Joshua Buatsi (4-0, 3KO) and Sunderland’s super-welterweight Josh Kelly (5-0, 4KO) have shown serious potential since ending world class amateur careers and turning professional. The hot prospects are amongst the brightest hopes in Hearn’s stable and have been earmarked for big things. Kelly takes on Mexico’s crafty Carlos Molina (28-8-2, 8KO), a former world champion who has surely seen better days, whilst Buatsi’s opponent is yet to be confirmed.


Cardiff’s lightweight Joe Cordina (6-0, 5KO) aims to collect his first professional title over 10 rounds against Yorkshire’s hard-hitting Andy Townend (21-4, 14KO). After a rushed appearance on Joshua’s last visit to the capital, Cordina has been given a greater role and can capture the WBA International belt in his hometown.

Joe Cordina

Aberdare’s super-middleweight Morgan Jones (12-0, 5KO) will give a warm Welsh welcome to New Zealand’s Mose Auimatagi Jnr (9-1-2, 5KO), a promotional stablemate of headliner Joseph Parker. The unbeaten super-middleweight’s golden chance to create a buzz comes in a six rounder.

Newport’s Sean McGoldrick (4-0, 2KO) will perform on home soil for the first time since 2014. The bantamweight was unlucky to miss out on a slot when Matchroom last promoted in Wales. After that, he’s eager to make his mark in a four rounder against a yet to be confirmed opponent.

Hear from all three Welsh boxers in extended features on later this week.


Disgraced Russian cheat Alexander Povetkin (33-1, 23KO) stains what would be an otherwise completely enjoyable card. The twice-caught user of Performance Enhancing Drugs faces Liverpool’s likable but very vulnerable David Price (22-4, 18KO). The 12-rounder has shameful and brutal knockout written all over it.

Why is it happening? Povetkin is a mandatory challenger in waiting for headliner Anthony Joshua and for now, this will keep him happy… but at what cost to the reputation of British boxing and, more importantly, Price’s health?

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