Joseph Parker Budges: I'll Take 35% To Fight Anthony Joshua

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) is willing to budge on his financial position to fight IBF, IBO, WBA champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) in a high stakes unification.

There are ongoing negotiations to stage that fight in the first quarter of the new year.

In several recent interviews, Parker and his promoter, David Higgins, were pretty firm on requesting a 60-40 split in Joshua's favor. They claimed that the initial offer presented by Eddie Hearn, promoter for Joshua, was more of an 80-20 split.


But now the numbers are coming together, and the gap is shrinking between their positions.

According to Parker, he's ready to drop his position and take 35% of the financial pot to make the Joshua fight happen.

"There is improvements on the offer. It keeps creeping up. I think it's nearly where we want it to be," Parker told TalkSport. "I'm willing to take 35 if they're willing to give it."

The two sides will continue negotiating over the next few days, hoping to get a deal done before the end of the year. The fight, if finalized, would likely come down on a date in March or April - in a stadium venue somewhere in the UK.

"Everyone has to negotiate what they are happy with, but there is no loss of respect and I still respect him, and he is doing good things over that part of the world," said Parker to Sky Sports.

"I think he was aware of the deal that they offered. I believe [promoter] Eddie Hearn keeps Anthony Joshua up to date with what's happening in negotiations and who he is talking to. Twitter is one way to sort of make it happen. If we didn't go on Twitter, then we wouldn't be getting their attention at the moment. It's part of the game, you've got to enjoy a little bit of banter on social media, but hopefully we can get the deal done in the background."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DramaShow on 11-23-2017

youll get what youre given....

Comment by chrisJS on 11-23-2017

[QUOTE=Dr.Cool;18231618]So did AJ agree to come to the U.S. or did Wilder agree to go to England? Who enters the ring first? What about the t.v. rights? We know you aren't making excuses for the God you worship in AJ,…

Comment by Dr.Cool on 11-22-2017

[QUOTE=chrisJS;18227478]Good post. I agree. You may be one of the smartest folks on here.[/QUOTE] So did AJ agree to come to the U.S. or did Wilder agree to go to England? Who enters the ring first? What about the t.v.…

Comment by chrisJS on 11-21-2017

[QUOTE=Dr.Cool;18227171][B]You should be writing these articles. These idiots don't know what is going in the negotiations, because Hearn isn't saying and Haymon never talks to the media. Thank goodness, we have you. So, is that the only holdup in talks?…

Comment by Dr.Cool on 11-21-2017

[QUOTE=chrisJS;18225571]Demanding 50/50. Not making any serious offers. Just talk, talk, talk.[/QUOTE] You should be writing these articles. These idiots don't know what is going in the negotiations, because Hearn isn't saying and Haymon never talks to the media. Thank goodness,…

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