Joseph Parker's Promoter Erupts, Tears Apart Anthony Joshua

David Higgins, promoter of WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs), has exploded over the financial position of WBA, IBO, IBF world champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs).

According to Higgins, Joshua is refused to accept a 65-35 financial split in his favor, with a rematch clause, for a high stakes unification in the first quarter of 2018.

The two sides have been negotiating for several weeks.


Initially, Higgins wanted a 50-50 split - but then it dropped to 60-40 and now to 65-35 in an effort to make the fight happen - but the terms are not agreeable for the British star.

Higgins is now applying a lot of pressure on Joshua and his promoter, Eddie Hearn, to reach an agreement.

“Global heavyweight unifications happen once every ten years or less, the last undisputed champion was Lennox Lewis,” Higgins explained to

“He [Joshua] is quoted as saying: ‘I’m not about the money’, but we’re offering a unification, we’re offering 65% and he doesn’t want to take the fight. We dropped from 50% to 40% to 35%, but then Joshua starts crowing about Federer, Nadal, Ali and Foreman.

“Sort your s*** out, Roger Federer didn’t quibble about percentages! The British fans are fooled. He shouldn’t mention Ali or Foreman. You think they would quibble over 35%? It’s embarrassing. We’ll give him a rematch clause and he won't take the fight, there is no excuse. 35% shows we’re confident. The fact he won’t accept that… he should be ashamed of himself.”

Parker was in action back in September, when he traveled to Manchester and won a twelve round unanimous decision over mandatory challenger Hughie Fury. Joshua saw action in October, when he stopped mandatory challenger Carlos Takam in the tenth round in Cardiff, Wales.

Parker has two alternatives in the wind. There is a big domestic fight, which is close to a deal, with Lucas Browne. And there is also the possibility of a mandatory with Alexander Povetkin, who next week faces Christian Hammer in a final eliminator.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Travycat on 12-08-2017

Aww you'll be ok : )[QUOTE=Jkp;18309387]you keep contradicting yourself.[/QUOTE]

Comment by Jkp on 12-07-2017

[QUOTE=moochi;18308183]I don't blame Hearn financially. Parker is a Z side who is just trying to sell his belt and pay his retirememt (full credit to him).[/QUOTE] But the FACTS are Parker would still be the best fighter under 40, AJ…

Comment by Jkp on 12-07-2017

[QUOTE=Travycat;18304311]Well no one does there, champ. Given what's being spoken from the B side, Parker, in deriving what's being said from the context of their public statements, one could very well surmise that [B]what I'm saying is indeed true[/B]. And…

Comment by club fighter on 12-07-2017

[QUOTE=Scene1;18308745]Pffft... Junior Fa is barely good enough for the local NZ Heavyweight division, let alone an international prospect..[/QUOTE] Get your facts straight before you start typing Mr Pffft, he owns the NZ belt since Mar 2017. [url][/url]

Comment by SUBZER0ED on 12-07-2017

Hearn is smart and thinking ahead. If he pays an unknown like Parker even 35%, he will never be able to talk down Wilder from his 50-50 position.

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