Parker accuses Joshua of disrespect towards NZ media

Joseph Parker believes Anthony Joshua has shown a lack of respect to the New Zealand and Samoa-based media in the build-up to their bout next weekend.

The duo face off in Cardiff on March 31, Joshua putting his WBA and IBF heavyweight titles on the line, while Parker brings his WBO strap to the party.

The winner is set for a possible meeting with WBC champion Deontay Wilder later in the year to unify the division, and media scrutiny has been intense ahead of the clash at the Principality Stadium.

But New Zealander Parker has accused his opponent of shunning those reporters who have made the long trip to the UK.

"It's his decision but it's disrespectful," Parker said. "They've travelled a long way to see [Joshua], and they respect him.

"We were friendly [to British media] and invited them to our home. He should be more respectful."

Joshua said earlier this week that he expects to tip the scales below his career-high 18st 2lbs, recorded ahead of his last bout against Carlos Takam, but Parker warned the Brit about trying to change too much.

"If he trusted in his body, he wouldn't be trying to change who he is," Parker said. "He's trying to be faster and leaner - I don't know if he is trying to be him or me? We will be lighter. Faster, stronger, better movement."

Joshua memorably climbed off the canvas to defeat Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley last April, and Parker is unfazed by rumours the WBA and IBF champ has been seeking the Ukrainian's counsel ahead of next weekend.

"They can do whatever they want - it won't change a thing. He's probably trying to get advice from Klitschko," Parker said.

"We have [Joshua vs Klitschko] playing in the gym every day. There are things we saw that we can do better. We can catch AJ.

"The public are judging us on our last two or three fights and they see Joshua as a fighter who is [unbeatable]. There is the element of surprise. Everyone thinks this is an easy win for him, but that's motivation for us. I want to get in there and bash him.

"They are looking past our team. If they are in discussions [to fight Wilder], so be it. But he has to be careful because someone's in their way."

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