Heavyweight Boxing Returns to Glory Days on Kwesé Sports | Kwesé

Heavyweight Boxing Returns to Glory Days on Kwesé Sports

Heavyweight Boxing Returns to Glory Days on Kwesé Sports

11:30 SAST | 06 Feb 2018

Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker for the IBF, WBA Super, IBO and WBO belts on Kwesé Sports come 31 March.

There once was a time, back in the 1970s, when heavyweight boxing captured the imagination of the world. Muhammed Ali was resisting the Vietnam draft and “floating like a butterfly”. Ali fought ‘Smokin’ Joe Frazier twice, in bouts that are widely considered two of the highest quality fights ever.

But the Ali-Frazier ‘Thrilla in Manila’ was not as famous as the Ali-Foreman ‘Rumble in the Jungle’. Ali fought the undefeated heavyweight champion, George Foreman, in Kinshasa, DRC (then named Zaire). Celebrities from around the world descended on the African city to be part of the massive fight.

And now we have another world champion who is capturing imaginations, particularly in his home country, England. Anthony Joshua has the physique of an Adonis, a ready smile, and still lives with his Mum. Joshua, who is of Nigerian heritage, got up from the canvas in the 6th round to beat Wladimir Klitschko by TKO in April last year. You saw that fight on Kwesé Sports. You also saw him, on Kwesé Sports, extend his unbeaten run against Carlos Takam to 20 wins in 20 professional fights – all of them by knockout.

On 31 March, Joshua will seek to add a couple more belts to his waist when he takes on Joseph Parker in Cardiff, Wales. Parker is a New Zealander who fights out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Joshua should have the beating of the big Kiwi, setting up a possible fight with the likes of Deontay Wilder (of America), or perhaps even fellow Englishman Tyson Fury. Critics consider Fury to be the top heavyweight, but he has lost titles and ranking by being out of the sport for a while. It’s more likely that the winner of Joshua-Parker will face the tall, wiry American. Wilder has weighed in on the upcoming Cardiff fight, saying pundits should no read too much into Joshua’s more muscular physique. As Wilder puts it, “I would rather be the part, then look the part.” That said, Wilder is hoping for a Joshua win so that it sets up a more enticing fight later in the year: “Me and Joshua is a highly anticipated fight that the world wants to see…it will bring the heavyweight division back to its peak.”

Kwesé Sports will be following the heavyweight saga closely. For now, make sure you get Kwesé and catch the 31 March Joshua-Parker battle.

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