Anthony Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn has admitted he is worried for his fighter ahead of his unification battle with Joseph Parker after hearing the news of the Aucklander's elbow surgery.
Joshua is favoured to beat Parker at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on April 1 (NZ time) as both put their titles and unbeaten records on the line.
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Last week, Team Parker revealed that the 26-year-old underwent an operation in November to alleviate a restriction in his elbow movement which was causing pain.
But now, free of pain, the WBO champion is determined to put on a show against the IBF and WBA champion.
Speaking to boxing website world boxing news, Hearn believes Parker is more of a threat to Joshua after repairing his elbows, which have hampered him for two years.
"One of the reasons Parker looked so poor in his previous fight was because both of his elbows were injured. I'm not too happy about that because I wasn't aware of those issues and it means he'll be 100 percent for this fight," Hearn told World Boxing News.
"People are starting to think Parker has a real good chance of winning this fight and he does. The odds are mad; I see it 60/40 in favour of Joshua.
"If he can do the things I know he can do, then he wins by knockout, but Parker can do so many things that can change the fight. We have two young, hungry, undefeated champions - it could go either way.
"But that's how it should be. Let's see two elite heavyweights go at it."
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