Anthony Joshua hits back at David Higgins' 'glass chin' claims

Anthony Joshua dismissed criticism from Joseph Parker's team about his punch resistance, describing it as "fake news" at a press conference Tuesday.

"You also said, 'he has a glass chin, we are going to break his glass chin!' - But don't tell me, tell him (pointing to Joshua) he's here!"

Hearn said: "I appreciate you trying to build the fight.but do you truly believe you are going to win?" It is only relevant when I am in front of the person; they didn't say it to my face, so I don't take it to heart.

Joshua met face to face with Joseph Parker today in London at the press conference for their world heavyweight title unification bout in Cardiff on March 31.

"Now it's about making history".

Joshua is aiming to see off the challenge of 26-year-old Parker before targeting a clash with American Deontay Wilder later in the year.

"It was grueling. It was interesting, and we both left the ring with masses of respect", Joshua said in a prepared statement.

Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker will fight on March 31 in Wales
GETTY Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker will fight on March 31 in Wales

"That's what makes this such an exciting fight", Barry said.

"Joshua, I've watched him for a long time".

That relationship is a compelling dynamic considering HBO, which has a tightening bond with Joshua promoter Eddie Hearn, is interested in landing Joshua.

And while Higgins was reiterating those claims, Joshua interrupted him to explain the three occasions he accepts he was troubled: once as an amateur, once in training and once in a professional fight. It's an honour to be up here with another world champion. 'I know his strengths, he knows mine, I know his weaknesses, he thinks he knows my weaknesses, I can't wait for this fight to happen on March 31, I can't wait to train hard, to be back to put on a great performance, hopefully catch him on the chin and knock him out'. He knows mine. I know his weaknesses. I haven't studied him diligently, but I will study him in my training camp.

Fury built up an unlikely relationship with Parker when he defeated Fury's cousin in his WBO defence past year, Parker suggested that Fury could be involved in the ring walk in Cardiff and Joshua stated that the "gypsy king" would be "welcome" in the ring. He's won all of his fights by knockout; he has a considerable height and reache advantage over Joseph Parker'.

"The first was the European Championships, when only two weeks before I had called back into the programme, because I was banned from the British team. What shocked us is that in English boxing apparently that is not customary to do that".

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