Joshua's Promoter: I Can't See a Wilder Deal, Parker More Likely

Eddie Hearn, promoter for IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs), says WBC champion Deontay Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs) is very unlikely to be their next opponent.

WBO champion Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) appears be ahead of the pack, at the moment. There are ongoing negotiations between Hearn and Parker's promoter, David Higgins of Duco Events, to get a deal done for the first quarter of next year.

“I can’t see us agreeing on a deal for Wilder fight. So it is more likely to be Parker. You’ve got WBA mandatories potentially a fight in the States,” Hearn told IFL TV.

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And if the negotiations with Parker fall apart, then Hearn may consider staging a rematch between Joshua and heated rival Dillian Whyte - who fought in a fireworks filled fight in December of 2015.

“Maybe he fights Whyte. We need to look at all the contenders," Hearn said. “Joshua has asked me to deliver all the belts in 2018. So that is Wilder and Parker and that’s what we hope to achieve in the next fight maybe Tyson Fury could be in the mix!”

According to Higgins, their discussions with Hearn are becoming more positive.

“We’ve said all along that a 35-65 per cent was both fair - and our bottom line,” Higgins said.

"Now it seems that Eddie is pretty close to agreeing with us. That’s very encouraging.”

Hearn recently threw a few verbal jabs following Duco Events holding a media briefing in Auckland to illustrate Joshua’s habit of ending up on the canvas when being hit with power punches.

“Eddie’s video was great,” Higgins said. “He’s a really funny guy. He certainly scored a few points when making fun of us colonials down here in New Zealand, but the funniest part is where he still insists Joseph Parker isn’t worth the 35 percent we are demanding. Eddie’s having a laugh there and he knows it," Higgins said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Pigeons on 11-23-2017

No surprise, Wilder would crack Joshua's glass.

Comment by KillaCamNZ on 11-23-2017

[QUOTE=Godsfly;18232369]who gives a flaming f*ck. wilder and joshua need to fight each other. joshua is only more famous when is comes yo crowds. [B]but when it comes to raw PPV's he fails behind wilder.[/B] so why not 50 50? wilder…

Comment by Pan-Africanist on 11-23-2017

[QUOTE=Sid-Knee;18234976]It doesn't matter what I handful of people do on Boxing forums and whatnot. It matters if Wilder can increase the PPV numbers of Joshua or not. You claim he can, so I asked for a breakdown. You've still given…

Comment by Sid-Knee on 11-23-2017

[QUOTE=Pan-Africanist;18234906]It was all Wilder all the time during the fight week of Joshua’s last fight. Nobody cared about Parker and nobody cared about Takam. All the NSB threads. Fighthype videos all over their site. You know what the fight is…

Comment by Pan-Africanist on 11-23-2017

[QUOTE=Sid-Knee;18234877]So you're only assuming it makes more money and don't actually have a break down or anything?? Oh right. Just as I thought.[/QUOTE] It was all Wilder all the time during the fight week of Joshua’s last fight. Nobody cared…

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