OPEN WORKOUT: Anthony Joshua, Joseph Parker and supporting undercard hold warm-up workout for Cardiff fans

OPEN WORKOUT: Anthony Joshua, Joseph Parker and supporting undercard hold warm-up workout for Cardiff fans

More than 2,000 fans packed out St David’s Hall on the Hayes in Cardiff city centre to watch the open workouts of the boxers taking part in Matchroom Boxing’s huge event at the Principality Stadium on Saturday.

BoxingWales.com contributing photographer Huw Fairclough was at the venue and snapped the stars of the show from ringside ahead of their appearances on Sky Box Office and Showtime Sports.

Watford’s Anthony Joshua (2-0, 20KO) will put his International Boxing Federation [IBF] and World Boxing Association [WBA] world heavyweight titles on the line in his third appearance in the city. Nearly 80,000 fans will primarily be in support of the 2012 Olympic gold medallist.

Anthony Joshua

New Zealander Joseph Parker (24-0, 18KO) puts his World Boxing Organisation [WBO] belt up for grabs in the first world heavyweight title unification to take place between two unbeaten champions on British soil in history. None of his country’s sportsmen have lost against a Brit at the Principality Stadium.

Joe Parker

Promoter Eddie Hearn has been a reluctant visitor to Wales in the past. However, two visits to the capital in five months and three Welshmen on Saturday’s show might be a sign that he’s starting to develop a plan for further involvement in Welsh boxing in the future.

Eddie Hearn

Shadow-boxing Joe ‘The Welsh Wizard’ Cordina (6-0, 5KO) has gone on the record to state his desire to bring big time boxing back to his hometown on a regular basis. It starts on Saturday as the lightweight aims to capture the WBA International title against Belgium’s Hakim Ben Ali (19-5, 1KO), who has come in as a late replacement for Andy Townend.

Joe Cordina

Newport’s Sean McGoldrick (4-0, 2KO) punched holes in the padded hands of St Joseph’s Boxing Club Head Coach, Tony Borg. The bantamweight is scheduled for a four rounder and will take on Southampton’s Ricky Little (3-2-1, 1KO), the third opponent with a winning record in McGoldrick’s five outings as a professional.

Sean McGoldrick

Aberdare’s Morgan Jones (12-0, 5KO) opens the show in what should be a competitive six rounder against Mose Auimtagi Jnr (9-1-2, 5KO), a promotional stablemate of headliner Joseph Parker. The Welshman has been priced as a 13/10 underdog with betting companies.

Morgan Jones

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