Parker vs Joshua - Team Parker fully aware of Anthony Joshua's fight-ending power

Team Parker aren't kidding themselves. They are fully aware of the fight-ending power that Brit Anthony Joshua possesses, but believe they have the gameplan to combat it.

Joseph Parker is less than a month away from the biggest fight in heavyweight boxing in over a decade when he attempts to unify three of boxing's big four titles in Cardiff, against fellow undefeated slugger, Joshua.

The first unification fight in the heavyweight division for eleven years is set to go on April 1, with the 20-0 Joshua heavily favoured by the bookies given the terrifying one-punch power that has seen him win all his professional fights via knockout.

Parker is confident he can go toe-to-toe with the WBA and IBF champion, but he doesn't plan on being there when Joshua throws haymakers.

"I have to be focused, be smart. I have to use angles. I can't get stuck in one position. It sounds basic but it is quite a task," Parker told In This Corner host James Smith.

Parker's head trainer, Olympic bronze medallist Kevin Barry, agrees with his charge.

Barry admitted that Joshua has the ability to end any fight in an instant.

"We know Joshua is a big, strong, physical guy," Barry said.

"We respect his punching power.

"Joe is a good mover, a good puncher and he doesn't get hit by too many punches.

"We need to use the hand speed advantage, I think that's fairly obvious.

"We can't be caught throwing one-punch at a time. I need Joe to let his hands go and throw combinations.

"We can't get caught in the pocket and we don't get caught pulling back straight in front of Joshua.

"Movement and speed are the big things in this fight."

Joseph Parker and Anthony Joshua square off on April 1 (NZT).
Joseph Parker and Anthony Joshua square off on April 1 (NZT). Photo credit: Reuters

Parker is honoured to be positioned in such a prestigious fight with boxing's new superstar.

Joshua has risen from a promising Olympic hopeful in 2012, to a gold medal winning, must watch heavyweight act in the space of six-years.

The Brit culminated his ascension to boxing's throne with an 11th round TKO win over the legendary Wladimir Klitschko in April 2017, claiming the WBA title in the process.

Parker said the challenge of attempting to beat Joshua, virtually in his own backyard, is humbling.

"Every fight brings different challengers. It makes you a stronger fighter, a stronger team," Parker said.

"Now we have the opportunity to unify the division - what a great opportunity that truly is and I am very grateful to be a part of a heavyweight division that is really booming at the moment."