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Anthony Joshua tested three times in five days in wake of Joseph Parker’s steroid slur video

Nigerian born British heavyweight star Anthony Joshua has been subject to rigorous anti-doping testing in the buildup to his unification fight with New Zealand’s Joseph Parker.

A member of the IBF, WBA and IBO champion’s team posted images on his Instagram account on Thursday (Friday NZT) revealing that the 28-year-old had been tested three times in five days and twice consecutively as preparations for his showdown with Parker at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on March 31 (April 1) begin in earnest.

The social media posts showing Joshua being tested come after WBO champion Parker controversially labelled the big Brit “the king of steroids” before their first meeting at a press conference in London last month.

Parker swiftly retracted the unfounded accusation and issued an apology for the low blow, which came after he was dubbed the ‘king of pies” by Graham Norton as the British TV host discussed the Kiwi’s physique with Joshua when he was a guest on his chat show.

During the first press conference to promote the fight, Joshua claimed that he spends about £30,000 (NZ$58,000) per fight getting tests by both the UK Anti-Doping Authority (UKAD) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker apologised for labelling his British rival Anthony Joshua the “King of Steroids”.

Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker apologised for labelling his British rival Anthony Joshua the “King of Steroids”.

“I sign up three months in advance every time and I have to give them two slots in the day where I definitely will be – so they are able to drug test me”, he said.

Anthony Joshua has been subject to strict testing ahead of his fight with Joseph Parker. PHOTO: @THEKDWAY/INSTAGRAM

“I am not trying to prove anything. I pay my money.”

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has also defended his fighter against claims that his muscular physique was achieved through the use of illegal substances, revealing to The Independent last month that the Englishman had been tested six times by anti-doping authorities before his last fight against Carlos Takam.

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Kevin Barry talks about the start of Joseph Parker’s training camp ahead of world title fight with Anthony Joshua.

“The main problem, I feel, is in other countries but Britain is doing well. We have the UKAD random testing. It means Joshua was tested six times in the build-up to his last camp. Other fighters are getting knocks on the door at 3am for testing.

“But in America, or other countries, there is no testing at all other than around the event, although that is changing.

“I think what we’re seeing from the governing bodies is that they are really stepping up their game on the testing processes. Both the WBC and the WBA now have random VADA testing and the only way you’re going to catch these people really is through random testing. Hopefully the WBO and IBF follow suit so there are no gaps,” he said.

Joshua is signed up to the UKAD’s whereabouts system, which undertakes out-of-competition testing, meaning authorities can turn up at his door 365 days a year.

Parker, meanwhile, fell foul of the WBC testing programme last year when they turned up at his Las Vegas address and he was not there.

He had failed to inform them he was taking an extended holiday after his first WBO title defence against Razvan Cojanu and didn’t provide his alternative contact details.

Neither Joshua or Parker have tested positive for any banned substances.

The two unbeaten champions are currently in camp for their eagerly anticipated fight in the Welsh capital, with more than 70,000 tickets already sold for the historic unification clash.

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