Anthony Joshua to Start 2018 with Joseph Parker Bout

Anthony Joshua to Start 2018 with Joseph Parker Bout”

It's understood the detailed document contains a number of clauses, including one for a rematch should Parker win the fight. We have agreed a split formally and the Parker side gets somewhere between 30 and 35 per cent.

Negotiations between the two camps have been protracted and occasionally fractious, with Parker's promotional team initially demanding 40 per cent of the purse, but Hearn only offering a small fraction of that figure.

A fight between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker is "close to being locked in", according to the New Zealander. 'They've both said they want to unify.

"My gut feeling is there will be a deal. I don't think I would have problems knocking them [Joshua or Wilder] out". I'm also happy to have the sanctioning bodies nominate a pool of officials. We think he has made a grave mistake by feeding AJ to Joseph Parker. he is sending his glass goose to the slaughter.

"We are working hard to try and finalise the deal and are very hopeful", Hearn told Sky Sports.

Then I was going to say Alexander Povetkin now he's the WBA mandatory, but what about putting him against Dillian Whyte and the victor gets to fight Josh?

"The goal is to get it done as soon as possible".

A date and location are yet to be agreed, but initial discussions suggest a window of 31 March to 28 April and potential venues in London, Manchester and Cardiff.

Arrangement on Anthony Joshua's first bout in 2018 could be described as 80% complete.

The Olympic champion propelled himself to stardom in April with a herculean performance against Wladimir Klitschko, before traversing the stern challenge of Carlos Takam in October.

"We need these belts, there is no secret, and they know that as well", Hearn said. If Deontay Wilder beats Luis Ortiz, as they are penciled in to fight this March, the path will be clear and there will be no excuses for Joshua and Wilder not to get on with their much anticipated showdown with all the meaningful hardware on the line before the end of 2018. Parker is a solid boxer but he's not a great one and we may find down the road that it will take a multifaceted fighter to out-box Joshua and he may require the chin and durability of an Ali or Holmes to pull it off. Parker has good speed but it's not the type that can't be nullified with distance and timing, which Joshua has become pretty good at gauging as he's gained experience. Talk is cheap but by stepping up on this occasion they're proving that they do actually want to unify as does our side and Joseph Parker'.

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