Let's go baby! Jubilant Joshua pledges to knock Wilder 'spark out'

An ecstatic Anthony Joshua called out Deontay Wilder and pledged to knock the American "spark out" after adding another heavyweight world title belt to his collection with a unanimous points victory over Joseph Parker in Cardiff.

Joshua improved his record to 21-0 by beating the previously undefeated Parker in a cagey contest on Saturday that never really came to life.

Having come through 12 rounds for the first time in his career, all of his earlier wins having been by knockout, Joshua now holds the WBA, IBF and WBO belts, with WBC champion Wilder very much in his sights.

Wilder has repeatedly spoken of his desire to face Joshua and, in a post-fight interview with Sky Sports, the Briton was asked if he had a message for his rival.

"WILDER - LET'S GO BABY, LET'S GO," yelled Joshua, before adding: "What would I have to do to beat Wilder? Get him in the ring and I'll knock him spark out."

Interestingly, when he was asked who he would like to face next, Joshua replied: "Wilder ... or [Tyson] Fury. Either one."

Fury has not fought since beating Wladimir Klitschko to become a shock heavyweight world champion in November 2015, but the 29-year-old is working his way back to fitness following a lengthy period away from the ring.

Joshua insists any fight with Wilder would not need to happen in America.

"No. All these years UK fighters had to go to America, everyone had to spend a heap of money to go to Vegas. We can do it in London round Wembley, [or] Cardiff," he added.

The undefeated champion was satisfied with how his tactics worked against Parker, as he comfortably kept the New Zealander at bay for much of the fight to triumph 118-110 on two cards and 119-109 on the other.

"The right hand can take you around the block, but a good jab will take you around the world - and that secured another world championship belt," said Joshua.

"I stuck behind the jab and I made sure anything that was coming back, I was switched on, I was focused.

"And 12 rounds, baby - I thought it was hard, right? It was light work."

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