Boxing Latest: Bloodied Crolla wins, eyes lightweight title

Boxing Latest: Bloodied Crolla wins, eyes lightweight title
Joe Crodina, right, in action against Hakim Ben Ali in their WBA International Lightweight Championship contest at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Saturday March 31, 2018. Crodina and Ben Ali are on the undercard, ahead of the main event unification title fight between heavyweight contenders Anthony Joshua or Joseph Parker later Saturday. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — The Latest on the Anthony Joshua-Joseph Parker fight (all times local):


8:30 p.m.

British lightweight Anthony Crolla could be in sight of another world title fight, but he made heavy work of his unanimous points win over unheralded Mexican Edson Ramirez in one of the big three bouts on the undercard.

Crolla fought with a cut near his right eye from the third round and blood covered his face for large parts of an uneventful fight.

A former WBA champion, Crolla could yet get another shot at that belt — maybe against fellow Brit Luke Campbell — as it could soon become vacant.

Jorge Linares, who beat Crolla in back-to-back fights in Manchester, owns the strap and is soon fighting Vasyl Lomachenko. Linares, a 32-year-old Venezuelan, is coming toward the end of his career.


8:15 p.m.

AJ is in the building.

Huge roars ring out inside Principality Stadium as the big screens show Joshua walking into the arena. Flanked by his team, the British fighter is all smiles.

Minutes earlier, there were boos for Joseph Parker when he came up on the screen. His mother, Sala, is already positioned ringside, with around two hours until the fight.


5:30 p.m.

Either Anthony Joshua or Joseph Parker will be within one belt of becoming undisputed world heavyweight champion after they meet in a unification title fight in front of 78,000 fans at Principality Stadium later Saturday.

And someone’s ‘0’ has to go.

Joshua, the WBA and IBF champion from Britain, has won all 20 of his professional fights by knockout and has quickly become one of the superstars of boxing.

Parker, the WBO champion from New Zealand, has won all 24 of his fights — 18 by KO.

This is the only the second heavyweight unification title bout between unbeaten fighters, after Mike Tyson against Tony Tucker in 1987.

WBC champion Deontay Wilder holds the other main heavyweight belt, the WBC’s.

The fight is scheduled to start at about 0930 GMT.

Among the eight fights on the undercard in Cardiff is the WBA bantamweight championship bout between Ryan Burnett and Venezuela’s Yonfrez Parejo.

Alexander Povetkin and David Price fight for the WBA intercontinental heavyweight championship and will become the mandatory challenger for the belt.