Not many realise that Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker on March 31st in the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales will actually be a first in heavyweight boxing history.
It is the first time in boxing history two reigning undefeated world heavyweight champions with a 100% winning record will have had a unification bout.
Of course back in the day there was only one champion per division but this fight does signify a lot of what is positive again about boxing in today’s times, where there are many belts in the modern heavyweight landscape.
When the best in the division fight the best and at the time the fans want the fight too. Not when politics dictate they happen.
While the Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight was a huge event a few years back – it happened too late in truth.
Yes, they would have made less money probably if they boxed a couple of years earlier, but it would have been a better fight to watch between the two best boxers of their era while in their primes and ultimately – would have been better for boxing.
But boxing appears to have woken up since that fight in May 2015. Now fights are getting made when fans want them to happen.
Joshua vs Parker a case in point.
Going into the fight Joshua holds a professional boxing record of 20-0 (20KO) and Parker a 24-0 (16KO) record to date.