CARDIFF, Wales (AP) The Latest About the Anthony Joshua-Joseph Parker Fight (All Times Local):
Ringansager Michael Buffer has just climbed through the ropes. It must be time for Joshua-Parker.
The atmosphere has risen a bit in the Principality Stadium, the Main Event just minutes away.
Boxing big Sugar Ray Leonard is one of those rings.
Russia's Alexander Povetkin became a mandatory challenger to the WBA Heavyweight Belt after brutally crushing David Price in the fifth round of an action-packed fight.
Povetkin had already left Price with a big left hook in the third round when he sent the British boxer onto the screen with another powerful left-hander that pulled gasps out of the crowd.
Price was a seated goal after being hit by a right jab from Povetkin, who becomes WBA Intercontinental Champion. Povetkin, the 2004 Olympic champion, was WBA champion from 201
Price began his professional career with 15 consecutive victories, but has now lost five times, four of the losses against boxers who had served – or would continue to serve – Doping bans
The 38-year-old Povetkin was tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs twice in a seven-month period. On the other hand, he has won eight bouts in a row and left the loss in points to Wladimir Klitschko in 2013 as his only defeat in 35 fights.
WBA bantamweight champion Ryan Burnett overcame a suspected broken right-hand to mandatory challenger Yonfrez Parejo over a unanimous points decision in the first defense of his belt.
Burnett, who remained unbeaten after 19 fights, threw in the second half of the fight almost only blows with his left hand. He later said he thought he broke his right hand in the third round.
The Northern Irish still won easily with all three judges.
Parejo, of Venezuela, previously won four straight fights after losing the preliminary WBA title. 19659002] –
The British athlete Anthony Crolla could be in sight of another world title fight, but he did heavy work of his unanimous points against undisclosed Mexican Edson Ramirez in one of the big three fights on  Crolla struggled with a cut near his right eye from the third round and blood covered his face for much of an uneventful fight.
A former WBA champion, Crolla could get another shot at this belt – maybe against his compatriot Luke Campbell – as he could soon be free.
Jorge Linares, who defeated Crolla in successive bouts in Manchester, owns the belt and soon fights Vasyl Lomachenko. Linares, a 32-year-old Venezuelan, is at the end of his career.
AJ is in the building.
A huge roar is heard in the Principality Stadium The big screens show Joshua in the arena. Flanked by his team, the British fighter smiles.
Minutes earlier, Joseph Parker was booed when he came to the screen. His mother, Sala, is already positioned at the ring, with about two hours to fight.
Either Anthony Joshua or Joseph Parker will become the undisputed heavyweight world champion within a band They will meet in the Union title fight in front of 78,000 spectators at the Principality Stadium later on Saturday.
And somebody has to go `0 & # 39;
Joshua, Britain's WBA and IBF champion, has knocked out all 20 of his professional bouts and has quickly become one of the boxing superstars.
Parker, the WBO champion from New Zealand, has won all 24 of his fights – 18 from KO.
This is the only heavyweight title fight between undefeated fighters, after Mike Tyson beat Tony Tucker in 1987.
WBC champion Deontay Wilder considers the other major heavyweight belt, the WBCs.
The fight is scheduled to start at around 0930 GMT.
Among the eight bouts on the undercard in Cardiff is the WBA bantamweight bout between Ryan Burnett and Venezuelan Yonfrez Parejo.
Alexander Povetkin and David Price fight for the WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship and become the mandatory challenger for the belt.