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Joshua Hopes Wilder, Parker Wins Gets His Name Near Ali, Tyson

As reported last week on BoxingScene.com, a heavyweight world title unification between Britain's Anthony Joshua and US rival Deontay Wilder moved a step closer after promoter Eddie Hearn, who handles Joshua, sat down with Wilder's managers Al Haymon and Shelly Finkel to discuss a 2018 encounter.

WBA, IBF and IBO world champion Joshua and the WBC title-holder Wilder want the match-up as part of efforts to unify the heavyweight division.

The winner of a Joshua-Wilder fight would also need to defeat New Zealand's Joseph Parker, the undefeated WBO champion, to hold all five heavyweight titles at the same time.

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Joshua is hoping to fight Wilder and Parker in 2018.

So far it does not appear that Wilder will be his next opponent for a return being targeted in March or April.

There have been talks between the Joshua and Parker camps, but they are far apart on the money.

Parker is looking for something close to a 60-40 deal in Joshua's favor - while Joshua's camp members believe a 80-20 split is more realistic.

Joshua hopes to unify the entire division to get his name mentioned with the like of heavyweight greats like Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali.

"One hundred percent because we have done something credible, tangible and we have the assets to prove it. I always say the proof is in the pudding," Joshua told Dubai Eye 103.8.

"When I negotiate the fight [for all of the titles], once it's done, I'll announce it. I don't like to talk about 'I'm this, I'm that' when I haven't got it. So once I have it and I'm on the journey, say the fight is a week away, I'll say: 'I'm on the verge of mentioning my name alongside the greats like Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson.' At the minute, I'm a prospect and I know what the future holds but I'll just a keep a lid on it for now because we still have so far to go."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by aboutfkntime on 11-18-2017

[QUOTE=Ganstaz003;18220082]1) In regards to Guinness Book of Records-level greatness being bollocks and laughable to most people. To many people, boxing as a sport is also bollocks and laughable so what's your point? All of that is subjective. 2) As for…

Comment by black.ink on 11-18-2017

Tyson is arguably a top 10 HW of all-time, yet you put the likes of Parker and Wilder in Tyson's era they would be fringe contenders. You can only beat what is around, but you can not compare this era…

Comment by Mr Objecitivity on 11-18-2017

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;18216291]you are talking, Guinness Book of Records-level greatness which to most people, is utter bollocks, and laughable who gives a toss how many peanuts someone can shove up their ass MOST of those records, are beyond stupid people rack their…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 11-16-2017

[QUOTE=Ganstaz003;18214575]Actually yes, doing something nobody else has ever done before results to greatness. You're claiming you can shove 347 peanuts up your ass. If you can, then that'd be a great feat. However, you need to prove it first before…

Comment by Mr Objecitivity on 11-16-2017

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;18210799]I can shove 347 peanuts up my ass nobody has ever done that before that makes me great see how dumb that shht sounds ? WHO, with consideration given to when/how..... nothing else[/QUOTE] Actually yes, doing something nobody else has…

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