"I stopped boxing and two weeks before that European Championship, I was called up to the country", the boxer stated.
People talk. When I am sitting at home with my family it is all irrelevant.
Here's everything you need to know about the contest.
The fight takes place at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
"We respect the achievement of winning 20 straight fights and holding two belts", Higgins said.
When are tickets going on sale?
Tickets for the highly-anticipated clash range from £40 to £600 with VIP entrance, giving fans the best view in the house, due to set them back £2,000.
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'Anthony Joshua is a big, strong, powerful guy.
"He has fought some decent opponents but he has not fought Anthony Joshua and let's be honest, in boxing we could talk all we like but talk is cheap".
"The second time was David Price". If Povetkin boxes on the card, it will be against a Brit.
All bout the belts Joshua and Parker at the press conference today
But Barry backed his fighter's stamina, footwork and hand speed to make this a contest.
"Both fighters come forward.one has never been dropped and the other has". He last fought against Christian Hammer, putting him on a collision course with Joshua.
Britain's Anthony Joshua has dismissed as "fake news" suggestions that he has a weak chin ahead of his world heavyweight unification bout with New Zealand's Joseph Parker.
Higgins had previously sent out a press release accompanied by a video of Joshua being rocked several times when trying to initially secure the fight, which stated: "Parker has a granite chin whereas Joshua may have a glass jaw".
"I don't know how to take his camp in terms of what's been said". I was very unfit, I didn't get dropped, I got stopped. I took my time last time out, but I got the win which is the most important thing.
His opponent's camp has suggested Parker will target the Joshua's "weak chin" - using Wladimir Klitschko's knockdown of the Brit a year ago as evidence before Joshua bounced back to be crowned WBA world champion at Wembley Stadium. I'm not going to use it as an excuse, but David Price is a puncher, and lack of experience. I think it's my destiny to be here and it's my time to put up a great challenge and I truly feel I will win. AJ revealed on Tuesday that he headed to that session having "come out of a police cell".
At a press conference, Joshua said: "When you talk about myself getting dropped and what you done, it's a marketability strategy". This is going to be the hardest camp and most work as I have a big challenge in front of me in Joshua.
"I have watched Joshua for a long time".
"I know my records are clean". He knows mine. I know his weaknesses. "I can't wait to put on a great performance, hopefully I will catch him on the chin and knock him out".
What is Joseph Parker's professional record?
Fury built up an unlikely relationship with Parker when he defeated Fury's cousin in his WBO defence previous year, Parker suggested that Fury could be involved in the ring walk in Cardiff and Joshua stated that the "gypsy king" would be "welcome" in the ring.