Bruno: Joshua must avoid Parker war

British boxing great Frank Bruno says Anthony Joshua needs to be careful he does not get drawn into a war when he takes on Joseph Parker.

Bruno thinks Joshua can be fancied to pick up the win in Cardiff later this month so long as he gets his tactics right.

WBA ‘super’ and IBF champion Joshua will square off with WBO king Parker on March 31 in an eagerly-awaited heavyweight showdown.

Bruno, a former heavyweight world champion, recently said: “Anthony Joshua has got the size, the power, and the skill – and Parker is a guy who comes to him all the time.

“If Anthony Joshua moves around and uses his reach and his power, he should make it, not an easy fight, but make it easier for himself.

“If he is going to get macho and start wanting to tear up with him, then Parker is a very dangerous guy, very fit, and he is on you all the time.

“Joshua has a lot of skill, a lot of size, a lot of power. If he just relaxes and uses Parker to come in, it is as simple as that.”

If Joshua can defeat Parker, it has been speculated that a huge showdown with WBC king Deontay Wilder could be in the offing but Bruno does not think his fellow Brit will be distracted by such a prospect.

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“He is a good guy Anthony Joshua,” said Bruno. “A very, very focused guy. He is on his game – he goes to the gym and he trains very hard.

“His feet are on the ground and he deserves everything he gets.

“I think just take one step at a time because Parker is not a mug. He is a very tough guy and he comes to fight.”

Another name who could enter the heavyweight mix is Tyson Fury, who is unbeaten and a former world champion, but with much to prove, having not fought since defeating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015.

Bruno said: “Tyson Fury is a much better fighter than a lot of people give him credit for.

“Sometimes he talks a little bit hibbery-gibbery here and there. If he can put the hibbery-gibbery in a box and stick to his boxing, he is a very good boxer. Turns southpaw, turns orthodox – very good fighter.

“He would give Anthony Joshua a good run for his money but I am an Anthony Joshua fan. I like his style, I like his hunger and his focus.”

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