03/31/2018-Cardiff, Wales—Undefeated (40-0-39K) WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder figured he could see better fights at ANY bar in Birmingham, Al, his home, than what happened between Anthony Joshua (20-20K) and Joseph Parker (24-0-18K). On paper, this seemed to be something worth checking out. Joshua deemed by most boxing fans and writers as a better fighter than the sometimes wild swinging, Wilder. Joshua entered the ring wearing the WBA/IBF and IBO straps. At stake was the WBO, somehow worn by Joseph Parker. I was wondering who Parker beat to win HIS belt and realized it was the perennial doughboy, Andy Ruiz, Jr., big Whoops. Joshua’s clown promoter Eddie Hearn made a big stink about the fact Wilder wasn’t gonna’ be in attendance for this bout, after announcing Wilder wouldn’t be permitted to enter the ring to confront the winner, to promote the next fight, ASSUMING Wilder got the winner. I guess Eddie had a special seat for Wilder somewhere in the upper deck.
After waiting for some bombs to be detonated, after 12 dreary rounds, all I saw was a clueless ref and two guys that didn’t seem too willing to assume any risks over the twelve rounds. At no time did Joshua seem intent on keeping his ko streak intact. After 20 straight, he was content to box his way to a sleeper. The decision was unanimous, I assume the judges had to be aroused from their siestas. Joshua’s biggest problem was some cheap tape on his gloves that kept coming loose. There were no knockdowns, nothing evenCLOSE, just a chess match and I hate chess. Afterwards, after being asked for the fifth time, Joshua said he’d face Wilder in Wales and that “I’ll spark him out”. If you fight like you did tonight, buddy, you’ll be asleep before you spark ANYTHING. If he wasn’t willing to get involved with a guy with a limited offense and no real visible power, what the hell is he gonna’ do with a flame thrower like Deontay? I don’t expect to see this fight any time in the near future, marinate my ASS. Joshua was starting to sound like Keith (take my time) Thurman when he hears the word ‘Spence’. Well, there’s always the upcoming weeks as we have some real action on tap.