Hearn: Joshua vs. Parker Deal is Close, We're Ready To Overpay

According to Eddie Hearn, promoter for IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs), a deal is "very close" for a unification with WBO world champion Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs).

Hearn says they are ready to "overpay" to make the contest happen, with a likely date in the first quarter of 2018 in March.

The two sides were at a stalemate last week, over a financial split of 65-35 in favor of Joshua. Initially it was at 50-50, then 60-40 and now at 65-35 with Parker's team refusing to go down any lower.


On Sunday, Parker revealed that some headway was being made with both sides getting closer to a deal.

Top Rank's Bob Arum, who has options on Parker, says a deal is nearly done for March.

And now Hearn has confirmed that information as he revealed that his side is ready to kick in more money to make this fight happen.

"We're close," Hearn exclusively told Sky Sports. "We're at a stage now where we're having to compromise on certain points that we don't really want to, but ultimately we're going to have to because if you want to fight Anthony Joshua, these guys - they want to be overpaid.

"He is the golden ticket fight, the 'Willy Wonka' golden ticket fight that everybody wants and unfortunately for him, it's going to mean sometimes taking a deal that isn't right.

"My job is to represent Anthony Joshua and to deliver the deals that are right. We're not just going to roll over and let them tickle our belly and give everything away, but we ultimately understand that we're going to have to overpay Joseph Parker to get that unification fight.

 The two sides are examining venues at the moment, with Millennium Stadium as a frontrunner.

Hearn cautions that a deal must be reached before the year is out.

"Our original plan was to go to The O2 in March," Hearn said. "Against Parker, in a unification fight, that won't be the case. Millennium Stadium is an option.

"We're looking with David Higgins and the team at all kinds of different venues. Some quite quirky and funky, other more realistic. But like I said, really by the end of 2017, we must be in a position that fight is done and we're ready to move forward."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JRB123 on 12-14-2017

[QUOTE=JWHardin;18333908]Hopefully Wilder will fight Ortiz and the winners meet.[/QUOTE] More likely that Wilder faces Breazeale. He doesn't want to lose that money ticket

Comment by Deus on 12-14-2017

[QUOTE=JWHardin;18333908]Wilder claims he talked to Parker and Parker wasn't interested in making the fight. Parker's promoter Higgins said they were pursuing AJ because he is by far an easier, less dangerous fight. Truth be told, both are dangerous for Parker,…

Comment by JWHardin on 12-14-2017

Wilder claims he talked to Parker and Parker wasn't interested in making the fight. Parker's promoter Higgins said they were pursuing AJ because he is by far an easier, less dangerous fight. Truth be told, both are dangerous for Parker,…

Comment by Verbalk on 12-14-2017

[QUOTE=Ray*;18327018]That’s the price of fame lol, at the end of the day AJ is the golden ticket. Did Wilder and Parker even considered fighting each other? I mean that would have place those two belts in one hand and more…

Comment by sayf on 12-13-2017

[QUOTE=Holler;18331223][IMG][/IMG][/QUOTE] Touche , got me!

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