Joshua vs Parker prediction: Arum likes underdog's chances; Says AJ's chinnyWritten by Leroy Cleveland
Does unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua have a glass jaw?
Joseph Parker's handlers think so, and believe their man will expose that vulnerability when the pair meet in the ring in a few months.
“I give [Parker] a good chance [to KO Joshua], " Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum recently told Fight Hub TV.
"I think Joshua is a really good, exciting fighter. Real great marquee and everything, and he’s very ballsy."
But I don’t think he has a good chin. I really think his chin is suspect and I think that Parker, who may not be the greatest boxer in the world, but Parker has a chin like iron."
"And I think he’ll stay in there with Joshua and he could knock Joshua out.”
“I really believe that. I think the same thing about [Deontay] Wilder – I think Wilder could knock Joshua out(H/t BadLeftHook).”
So, what is Arum basing his analysis on?
Sure, Joshua was dropped by Wladimir Klitschko but Wlad can punch! Moreover, he weathered the storm to rally and stop the legend in Round 11.
And Joshua was rocked by Dillian Whyte in 2015 but stopped the latter in Round 7.
Those incidents spell h-e-a-r-t.
And, of course, there are stories of Joshua getting hurt and stopped years ago in the amateurs.
Parker is believed to have never been hurt, knocked down or knocked out in the amateurs or when sparring as a pro.
Joshua vs Parker odds
As expected, Joshua is a huge favorite across the board. In addition to being more dominant as a pro, he boasts a deeper amateur pedigree and is bigger, stronger and more technically proficient.
Paddy Power and betfair list the Brit as a 1/20 favorite and the Kiwi a 9/1 underdog. And SkyBet is roughly the same, giving AJ 1/25 odds while the betting line for Parker sits at 8/1.
So why is the Kiwi so hellbent of fighting Joshua in AJ’s native England when he could keep his title for another 6 to 8 months and face another marginal opponent instead?
The odds are clearly stacked against the New Zealander and he certainly hasn't been as impressive in the ring.
Perhaps he sees a chink in Joshua's armor?
If so, is it a vulnerable chinny chin chin?