Anthony Joshua next opponent: AJ’s style perfect for Joseph Parker, claims Kevin Barry

Joshua gets in the ring with Kubrat Pulev in late October in his first fight since beating Wladimir Klitchsko in their stunning Wembley Stadium bout earlier this year.

And despite his showdown with the Bulgarian still being more than a month away, jostling has already started to become the Londoner’s next opponent.

Parker is keen to fight Joshua and his trainer Kevin Barry thinks the New Zealander has the right style to do the business in any bout that is made.

Barry told 5 Live Boxing: “We’re in a very good position, we’ve just got our mandatory (Hughie Fury) out of the way against a horrible opponent. One I didn’t want to fight.

“Now we are free to chose a style and opponent that suits Joseph.

“That makes me and our team really excited.

“Obviously the golden goose is Anthony Joshua and we thought 18 months ago we would be stepping into the ring with him.

“I think Joseph matches up very well against Joshua and styles make fights.

“I’ve also thought his particular style will suit us.

“That’s a fight we would love to be involved in.

“Anthony Joshua’s style is perfect for Joseph Parker and we’ll be very excited when that day comes.”

A Joshua v Parker fight would unify the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles.

Joshua is the WBA and IBF champion with Parker retaining his WBO strap against Fury in Manchester over the weekend.

American fighter Deontay Wilder holds the WBC title, and any unification of the other titles could set up a mega showdown for an undisputed world champion of the heavyweight division.

Floyd Mayweather says he didn’t knock Conor McGregor out due to potential ‘brain damage’

While UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor did much better than expected against Floyd Mayweather Jr. inside of the boxing ring this past August, the brash Irishman ultimately lost the combat superfight via TKO. McGregor sustained copious amounts of damage along the ropes before the referee jumped in for the 10th-round stoppage.

Now that the dust has settled and the “Money Fight” can be viewed from an analytic aspect, Mayweather is giving insight into why he didn’t truly try to put McGregor out and inflict more damage than what was needed to win.

“He has a career. You know, he still has a career. He’s still young,” said Mayweather during a recent interview on the Hollywood Unlocked podcast.

McGregor, 29, is very young compared to Mayweather, 40, but has been in the hurt business for quite some time. Unlike boxing, McGrgeor’s mixed martial arts (MMA) playground offers countless opportunities to absorb incredible damage, whether it be from elbows to the skull, kicks to the head, or strangulation.

Still, despite the sport that McGregor comes from, Mayweather insists that he could have done even more harm to “Notorious” if he would have tried to knock him out.

“Very, very damaging,” insisted Mayweather. “We have to think about these fighters.

“Even, like, my uncle Roger. Right now, I just got a call, just before I came here, he keep walking off, wandering off. No one can find him. He end up in a hospital. So, brain damage – it happens. It happens.”

This isn’t the first time the brain damage card has been pulled from the deck. Just one week removed from McGregor’s loss to “Money” a former ringside physician proclaimed that the UFC champion had suffered a “minor traumatic brain injury” and that allowing him to continue in the fight would have been “grossly negligent.”

While nothing of the sort has been proven it’s interesting to see Mayweather take this kind of stance nearly one month later. It is possible that Mayweather simply didn’t pack enough punch to topple the thick-headed Irishman to the canvas. However, it is also possible that McGregor was saved by the referee before “Money” moved in for the final kill.

So what say you, Maniacs? Is Mayweather covering his tracks for not flattening McGregor or was he really concerned about damaging a “young” fighter’s career?