Deontay Wilder predicts Joseph Parker vs Anthony Joshua heavyweight title bout will go 12 rounds

The American is likely to face the winner of the heavyweight title bout.
The American is likely to face the winner of the heavyweight title bout. Photo credit: Supplied

Heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder expects a world title fight between Joseph Parker and Anthony Joshua to go the full 12 rounds.

Wilder is the WBC heavyweight champion and will likely take on the winner of the Parker-Joshua fight, which according to reports will be confirmed in the next two weeks.

The fight will see Parker put his WBO belt on the line while Joshua will put up the WBA and the IBF belts in an attempt to unify the heavyweight division at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on March 31 (local time).

Speaking to Yahoo Sports, Wilder said he can't wait to have a crack at the winner and is expecting a brutal encounter.

"I definitely think that's a 12-round fight," he told Yahoo Sports.

Joseph Parker and Anthony Joshua.
Joseph Parker and Anthony Joshua. Photo credit: Getty Images

"I like Parker, I like Joshua too. The thing about Parker, he can move. And we've seen that he can take some great punches.

"It's going to be a long, drawn-out fight. I think Parker will try to stay out of the way of Joshua, and I know Joshua is just going to try to make a statement, redeem himself for the last fight and try to get him out of there.

"We know Parker can take a punch, but we've never seen him take a punch from someone that strong. I think it's going to be a hell of a fight for as long as it lasts.

"Everyone wants to see unification bouts so I can't wait for that."

Wilder has not been beaten in his career (39-0, 38 KOs) and he will be hunting his 40th career win when he faces Cuban Luis Ortiz at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, on March 3 (local time).