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Tweet pits Anthony Joshua against Cardiff councillor

March 31, 2018
Joe Carter and Anthony JoshuaImage copyrightCardiff council/Getty
Image caption Cardiff political heavyweight Joseph Carter has the gift of the gab, but would it be a match for world champ Joshua’s jab?

One is a heavyweight boxer from New Zealand, the other is a Liberal Democrat councillor in Cardiff – not easily confused, or so you might think.

But in the lead-up to Saturday’s Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker fight, hosts Principality Stadium instead included the Twitter handle of Pentwyn councillor Joseph Carter.

Fans spotted the mistake but wished him luck for the bout all the same.

Mr Carter saw the funny side, replying: “I’ve watched all the Rocky films.

“You must be able to box after watching those,” the Welsh Lib Dem’s housing spokesman added.

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Final prep for tonight’s #JoshuaParker bout – who’s your money on? @anthonyfjoshua or @joseph_carterUKpic.twitter.com/9X0Wm0fylb

— Principality Stadium (@principalitysta) March 31, 2018

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I’ve watched all the Rocky films. You must be able to box after watching those

— Cllr. Joe Carter (@joseph_carterUK) March 31, 2018

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Image caption Joseph Parker (pictured right) is not a City of Cardiff Council member

On spotting the mistake, tweeted hours before Joshua beat his rival to take the WBO world heavyweight title, Twitter user Douglas Haig backed the politician.

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I’m definitely putting my money on @joseph_carterUK . All those years in politics will give him the power to just talk his way into winning….

— Douglas Haig (@Douglas_Haig) March 31, 2018

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As did a number of others, including former Lib Dem assembly member John Dixon, who wrote: “Only a few hours to go until we find out whether @joseph_carterUK’s training schedule based on relentless Focus delivery and housing policy development for the @WelshLibDems will be a match for @anthonyfjoshua’s 82″ reach and record of 20 KOs in 20 fights…”

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Only a few hours to go until we find out whether @joseph_carterUK’s training schedule based on relentless Focus delivery and housing policy development for the @WelshLibDems will be a match for @anthonyfjoshua’s 82” reach and record of 20 KOs in 20 fights…

— John Dixon #FBPE (@JohnLDixon) March 31, 2018

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Cathy Owen quipped: “We’re all backing you Jo! What’s your boxing nickname? The Pentwyn Punchbag?”

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We’re all backing you Jo! What’s your boxing nickname? The Pentwyn Punchbag?

— Cathy Owens (@cathy_owens) March 31, 2018

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While Jodie Fear wished Mr Carter “Best of luck for the fight”.

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Absoluting rocking at this!! Best of luck for the fight 😂

— Jodie Fear (@fear_jodie) March 31, 2018

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But Mr T (not that one) was among those who were not convinced of Mr Carter’s ability to win. He wrote: “No offence @joseph_carterUK but my money is on AJ”.

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No offence @joseph_carterUK but my money is on AJ 👊😂

— Mr T (@The_realMr_T) March 31, 2018

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Tweeting on Sunday, Mr Carter wrote: “Sorry I couldn’t beat @anthonyfjoshua on this occasion. There’s always next time @principalitysta”.

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Sorry I couldn’t beat @anthonyfjoshua on this occasion. There’s always next time @principalitystapic.twitter.com/Ng1ZQp03Bc

— Cllr. Joe Carter (@joseph_carterUK) April 1, 2018

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