Rob McCracken the performance director for GB Boxing and the trainer of unified world heavyweight titleholder Anthony Joshua, wants his heavyweight charge to come into his close to being agreed unification clash with Joseph Parker (WBO title holder) lighter (in weight) than his previous title defence against Carlos Takam. The potential bout with Parker is set to be announced for March and to be held at the Principality Stadium (Millenium Stadium) in Cardiff, Wales.
McCracken was speaking exclusively to BBC Five Live’s boxing podcast is aiming for Joshua to be coming into any bout with Joshua weighing in under 18 stone (252 lbs). McCracken is aiming for Joshua to weigh in ideally at 17 stone 10 pounds.
“The emphasis is on being as quick as possible and taking as little punishment, [being] a bit lighter would allow him to do that,”
“He’s a bit lighter [than he was in his last fight] at the minute, he’s probably eased off a bit on the conditioning side of things strength wise,” McCracken told BBC Radio 5 live’s boxing podcast.
“We do 12 weeks for his fights so I can give him some days off during the camp here and there as we go. He’s done four weeks with me in London before Christmas – boxing and cardio – so he’s in good shape, sharper and a little bit leaner than he was of late.”
The possibility of Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker taking place is almost a done deal, with both promotional and managerial parties set for discussions today to finalise the bout for March 31st.