Bob Arum To Hearn: 65-35 is More Than Fair For Joshua-Parker

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum believes a 65-35 split is more than fair for a world title unification between WBO champion Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) and IBF, IBO, WBA king Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs).

David Higgins, who is the leader promoter for Parker, has stood firm on a 65-35 revenue split in favor of the British superstar.

Eddie Hearn, who promotes Joshua, says there is no way the fight will happen under a 65-35 split.


Parker's team has already dropped their position, twice.

Initially they wanted a 50-50 split and then went to 60-40 and now their "bottom line" stance of 65-35.

Arum, who has a promotional interest in Parker, can't understand why Hearn views the 65-35 position as being unreasonable.

“I’ve been in this sport for decades and I can tell you that in a unification fight like this that split is more than fair,” Arum said. “Joshua has two belts and Parker has one – so 65-35 is about right. I can’t see why Eddie Hearn doesn’t see it as reasonable.

“The fact is this is a fight that simply must happen. The world is desperate to see the heavyweight titles unified. This is the first step towards that happening. It will be a massive, massive fight. I just hope Eddie and David can come to an agreement because this fight needs to happen for the good of boxing.”

If the fight falls through, Parker's promoter has mentioned the possibility of fighting former champion Lucas Browne in a domestic clash,

But Arum has also mentioned a March date in the United States, with Parker making his next defense against Top Rank promoted Bryant Jennings.

Parker was in action back in September, when he won a tough twelve round decision over mandatory challenger Hughie Fury before a Manchester crowd.

Joshua fought late last month in Cardiff, when he stopped mandatory challenger Carlos Takam in ten rounds before 78,000 fans at Principality.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by vitali1999 on 11-27-2017

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;18237156]Bob Arum disagrees with you, based on his decades of promotional experience.[/QUOTE] Yes and I disagree with him based on my decades of watching boxing

Comment by Ray Corso on 11-24-2017

"Superstar"????? hahaha really he got dropped by a 40+year old past best Wlad and he's a superstar? There are NO superstars at heavyweight for now unless "superstar" is the new or equal to "great" now. Lets go with 32.5% and…

Comment by Cinci Champ on 11-24-2017

no one cares fight wilder

Comment by aboutfkntime on 11-24-2017

if Parker will not accept 30%, then he should forget all about Joshua for now and work on actually forcing that fight, which he has not really done yet.....

Comment by aboutfkntime on 11-24-2017

[QUOTE=Ray Corso;18237886][B]Every worthy opponent should be valued at least at 30-35%[/B], if Parker isn't then why fight him at any percentage? Either your opponents are worthy or their not. Once you become a champion your opponents for the title need…

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