Joseph Parker will not be laughing at Anthony Joshua's punches - Eddie Hearn

Joshua's promoter believes his fighter will have the last laugh in the ring.
Joshua's promoter believes his fighter will have the last laugh in the ring. Photo credit: Getty Images

Anthony Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, believes Joseph Parker won't be laughing, after his fighter bashes the Kiwi in their upcoming title unification bout.

The highly anticipated April 1 (NZ time) fight will see Joshua and Parker put their IBF, WBA Super, IBO and WBO belts and unbeaten records on the line, as both fighters aim to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999.

Parker plans to target Joshua's "glass jaw" during the bout, while the Brit is detemined to test just how durable Parker's chin will be.

In a recent interview with Sky Sports UK, the Kiwi claimed he would be laughing, when hit with Anthony Joshua's hardest punches during their fight on April 1 (NZ time) in Cardiff.

But Hearn is confident that Parker will be proven wrong and believes his fighter will put Parker on the canvas for the first time.

"Apparently, he's going to laugh, when Anthony Joshua hits him on the chin," Hearn told Sky Sports UK. "I hope he doesn't.  

Joseph Parker and trainer Kevin Barry.
Joseph Parker and trainer Kevin Barry. Photo credit: Reuters

"If he does, I think we've got something to worry about, because when Anthony Joshua hits you on the chin, I don't think laughing is one thing you'll be doing - but interesting comment.

"They say he's got a granite chin, but he's never been hit with the ferocity and speed of Anthony Joshua.

"It's going to be a huge event and one we cannot wait for."

More than 70,000 tickets have been sold for the fight, and Hearn admitted, after last week's press conference, that there was already pleyt of tension between the two camps and both fighters.

"He [Joshua] actually wanted to get stuck in with David Higgins and Joseph Parker, and they were just a little bit on the cautious side - that's why I was trying to egg Higgins on to have a go.

"Since they've been back, they've been talking again, there is a little bit of spite. 'The Gloves are Off' [film] was good - it was frosty at times, but a lot is on the line.

"This isn't just about talking. This is about the unified heavyweight championship of the world."