Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker schedule and running order: When EVERY fight will start | Boxing | Sport


Sean McGoldrick vs Ricky Little – 5pm

McGoldrick is a Newport lad adding some more Welsh strength to the Cardiff card. The 26-year-old won gold at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and Glasgow 2014.

Joshua Buatsi vs Bartlomiej Grafka – 5.30pm

People who know boxing know Joshua Buatsi is the real deal. Even in just his fifth professional fight, there will be plenty of fellow fighters getting out to watch Rio 2016 light-heavyweight bronze medallist.

Morgan Jones vs Mose Auimatagi Jnr – 6pm

Jones is another home fighter although he was born in South Africa. His opponent is a member of Team Parker for whom they have high hopes and only has one defeat on his record.

Anthony Crolla vs Edson Ramirez – 6.30pm

Crolla is desperate to continue his journey back from consecutive defeats to Jorge Linares, the second of which was a dominant performance from the Venezuelan.

Manchester’s finest is desperate to become a world champion for a second time and believes that a win over Ramirez (18-2-1) would put him back in the frame for shot at a belt.

Joe Cordina vs Hakim Ben Ali – 7.15pm

Cordina is fighting for a minor belt for the first time. The 6-0 Welshman has one fight more experience than his fellow Matchroom boxer but is similarly green and has only faced one fighter with a winning record in his career. Going 10 rounds, as this is scheduled, would be six further than he has ever been but Ali, a replacement for Andy Townend, should not be a major challenge for him.

Cordina has serious amateur pedigree despite being knocked out in the last 16 at the Rio Olympics. He was a European champion and Commonwealth bronze medallist who should skip up the rankings with a win here.

Josh Kelly vs Carlos Molina – 8pm

“Pretty Boy” Kelly is one of Eddie Hearn’s Olympians and has the pre-requisite fast hands and sound boxing technique. Of his five wins in his professional career so far, four have come before the final bell and his most recent victory over Jean Michel Hamilcaro was particularly impressive.

Here, he will fight for the WBA International title, a minor but nevertheless significant belt, because it means he could have to go as far as 10 rounds.

The Sunderland fighter faces Molina, a man with a similar record to Hamilcaro, but who has shared the ring with some true class, including Erislandy Lara, and who is a former world champion at super-welterweight. This is a significant step up, even if 34-year-old Molina may be past his best.

Ryan Burnett vs Yonfrez Parejo – 8.45pm

The WBA bantamweight title has not often been in British hands traditionally, with the Central American nations dominating the division.

However, Jamie McDonnell became the first man to get his hands on it in 2014 and remains the WBA “Regular” champion.

The “Super” title was won by Burnett when he beat Zhanat Zhakiyanov in October last year and he will now defend it for the first time against mandatory challenger Parejo. The Brit had also won the IBF title in that fight but has vacated it to fight his WBA mandatory.

Alexander Povetkin vs David Price – 9.30pm

Joshua and Povetkin are on a collision course with the Russian having earned the WBA mandatory challenger tag with his win over Christian Hammer in December.

He is not expected to slip up here either. His presence on the card is as much an effort by Hearn to give him more publicity ahead of a probable Joshua bout.

Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker – 10.30pm

The main event needs little introduction. The two heavyweights are due to make their ring walks between 10.15pm and 10.30pm so you can expect them to start around half past.

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