Joshua-Parker unification fight set for March 31

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Anthony Joshua will fight Joseph Parker in a heavyweight title unification fight on March 31 in Cardiff.

The Briton's promoters have confirmed he will put his IBF and WBA belts on the line against WBO champion Parker at Cardiff's Principality Stadium, ending months of lengthy and protracted negotiations between both camps.

Both men will put undefeated records on the line, while the victor will move a step closer to unifying the heavyweight division for the first time since Lennox Lewis achieved the feat in 1999.

Speaking about the bout, Joshua said via a Matchroom statement: "It's a unification heavyweight championship fight, everyone knows what happened the last time I was in one.

"These fights aren't easy, there's a lot on the line so respect to Parker for taking the fight. I'm looking forward to it, training camp is under way."