World Heavyweight Unification Fight.
Not a bad first boxing fight to go see... :)
This fight was for the IBF, WBA, IBO and WBO World Heavyweight belts - between Britain’s Anthony Joshua, who had knocked out all of his previous 20 fights, and Joshua Parker - a ‘tough cookie’ from New Zealand and current WBO World Champion.
It was held in Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on the 31st March 2018.
Anthony Joshua won - but he didn’t knock him out. It was very much a ‘boxing match’ - where it was a battle of techniques - which Joshua won by a mile with a unanimous points decision.
I was very lucky that I was going with my high school friend and his uni mates. Fortunately, one of them offered to drive us there and back. #result
Initially, I really wanted tickets to go see the Joshua Klitschko fight but the cheap tickets were all but gone by the time I got round to buying them - but we paid £150 for floor seats for this fight.
This was my view.
In my honest opinion, if you were going to ‘watch’ the boxing only- which is very much part of the experience - it wasn’t worth the money - not at £150.
With everyone walking around, the cameramen filming the show for TV and people standing up going to the bar/toilet, coming back from the bar/toilet etc etc, there wasn’t much to see. We resorted to looking up at the big screens above the ring and watching them - which we could have done at home for a fraction of the price.
On the other hand, the atmosphere was INSANE. Nothing like it. People chanting the fighter’s names, the singing, Michael Buffer - unreal. Check out the videos at the bottom of this post.
We got there fairly early as we wanted to watch the undercard fights - which had the likes of Anthony Crolla, Josh Kelly, Joe Cordina, Ryan Burnett & David Price - we missed the Price knock out as some guy was getting chucked out when it happened.
There was only the Price knockout all night - so all of the ‘passive’ boxing fans didn’t enjoy the night.
In addition, the Millennium Stadium CANNOT hold 80,000 people. During the Crolla fight, I went to get some drinks before the Joshua fight - and I was queuing for 40 minutes. The bar staff were pouring drinking from plastic bottles into plastic cups?! What was the point?! This was the main reason why the queue was so long... but also the queues for the toilets were massive also.
If I were going to do another boxing fight, which I would love to - I’d pay £200 for a ticket. Why? On the floor seats, there is a barrier that is security protected - which stops the droves of people walking past. Also, don’t sit at the corners of the ring... cause the cameras get in the way.
Thanks for reading :) x
Here are the photos & videos from the night.