London - Britain's Anthony Joshua dismissed a claim by New Zealand's Joseph
Parker he is the "king of steroids" ahead of their world heavyweight
title unification bout.
The two boxers will meet in Cardiff on
March 31, with Joshua, a London 2012 Olympic gold medallist, looking to
add Parker's World Boxing Organisation title to the World Boxing
Association, International Boxing Federation and International Boxing
Organisation belts he already holds.
Whoever wins at the
74,500-capacity Principality Stadium, best known for staging Wales rugby
union internationals, will be eyeing a bout with World Boxing Council
heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
After his fight with Joshua
was confirmed on Sunday, Parker gave an interview to New Zealand's
Radio Sport in which he said: "They call me the king of pies, but I call
him the king of steroids."
But Joshua, speaking to newswire
reporters at London's Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday, said the "pies" jibe
was the work of British television chat show host Graham Norton and
dismissed Parker's allegations of drug use.
"I've heard so much in boxing trash talk that nothing's new anymore," Joshua said.
"Can I sue him?" he asked to laughter from reporters.
"I know my records are clean," insisted the 28-year-old Englishman. "That's why I don't bite at it.
is what it is. If I'm not clean, you'll find out this fight. If I
haven't been clean for all my other fights, you'll see me struggle
against Parker because anything I have been taking will be out of my
"Trash talk has a place in boxing if it's natural but you
shouldn't use it as a tool to sell the fight. I would never put on an
act to sell a fight."
The issue of drugs in heavyweight boxing has
been thrown into sharp relief by the case of Britain's former world
heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
month Fury, who has repeatedly taunted Joshua, agreed a compromise with
UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) over his positive test for the banned steroid
nandrolone that led to him receiving a two-year ban backdated to
December 2015. The 29-year-old has not fought since being crowned world
champion with his shock victory against Wladimir Klitschko in November
"In this sport, your life's on the line. Anything to do
with that type of stuff you have to be careful," said Joshua. "People's
lives are on the line, it's not like a game of golf."
Both Joshua and Parker will be putting their unbeaten professional records as well as their titles on the line.
camp suggested Joshua has a weak chin, pointing out that he was
knocked down by Wladimir Klitschko last year, before getting off the
canvas to be crowned world champion.
Joshua told a broadcast news conference at the Dorchester Hotel in
London on Tuesday: "It will take more than a human to stop me getting
where I'm destined to be.
"That's why I learned to not walk with
sight, I walk with faith in this journey so in terms of you, using it as
a PR stunt and the rumours you have heard, they are fake news," he
"Three times I've been hurt or stopped. What I have learnt
from those adversities and storms, it will take more than any human to
stop me from this journey."
Joshua has won all 20 of his professional bouts inside the distance, while Parker is unbeaten in a 24-fight career.
an exciting time to be a heavyweight," said Parker, sitting alongside
Joshua in the news conference on Tuesday. "This is going to be the
hardest camp and most work as I have a big challenge in front of me in
"I've watched him for a long time. I know his strengths,
he know mine. I know his weaknesses and he thinks he knows my
"I can't wait to have this fight happen on March 31...Hopefully I will catch him on the chin and knock him out."