Joshua, Parker Camps Open Talks For Unification Bout in March

According to Duco Events' David Higgins, who promotes WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs), discussions have begun for a potential March unification with IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs).

Higgins spoke with Eddie Hearn, who promotes Joshua, on Monday night. The target is a date in March, but that month could ultimately change depending on how long their discussions play out.

Joshua was in action two weekends ago, when he stopped Carlos Takam in the tenth round before a crowd of 78,000 at Principality in Cardiff, Wales.


Parker has been out of the ring since traveling to Manchester in September to win a twelve round decision over undefeated mandatory challenger Hughie Fury.

One of the big sticking points in getting a Joshua vs. Parker deal done, is the financial split of the money.

Higgins has claimed that Hearn wanted an 80-20 split in favor of Joshua - which Parker and his camp will never agree to. Higgins wants a "reasonable" offer for his undefeated champion - especially with the contest likely taking place on UK soil.

"Joshua discussions remain alive for a fight in March next year," Higgins said to Fairfax Media of his initial contact with Hearn over a unification fight.

"There is a lot of detail to work out but yes, it remains a possibility."

Joshua became the king of the heavyweights in April, when he got off the floor to stop former division ruler Wladimir Klitschko before a record crowd of 90,000 screaming fans at Wembely in London to unify his three world titles.

Parker came on the scene last December, when he defeated Andy Ruiz to capture the vacant WBO world title.

The big option waiting in the wings for both men is WBC world champion Deontay Wilder. Last Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Wilder made his return to the ring with a destructive first round knockout of Bermane Stiverne in their mandated rematch.

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

[QUOTE=Squ□redCircle34;18191418]You stupid fuk ! Unifications take priorities over mandatories and voluntary mandatories! Learn some boxing before you talk![/QUOTE] If allowed by the sanctioning body.. They have refused unification fights many times in the past, especially the IBF

Comment by Boxing lives on 11-11-2017

[QUOTE=kushking;18200984]I do think that Lara is a total cherrypicker thats been ducking EVERYONE for yrs unless he gets a huge windfall,but nobody wants to see him so nobody wants to fight him for money, it would be for rep only.…

Comment by Sparked_26 on 11-11-2017

[QUOTE=Earl-Hickey;18200950]In cardiff where the takam fight happend, 80,000 capacity and a closeable roof[/QUOTE] Yeah would have to be. Even then 6 nations is in March. So will be late March/April

Comment by kushking on 11-11-2017

[QUOTE=Boxing lives;18200955]Yeah the Jermell-Lara fight has to happen. Lara already called him out and its about time they got that one on. As far as Andrade man he re-neged on that Charlo deal. Andrade is just dilusional and will price…

Comment by kushking on 11-10-2017

[QUOTE=Boxing lives;18200955]Yeah the Jermell-Lara fight has to happen. Lara already called him out and its about time they got that one on. As far as Andrade man he re-neged on that Charlo deal. Andrade is just dilusional and will price…

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