Parker's Promoter: Hearn's Offer For Joshua Was "Ridiculously Low"

Joseph Parker's promoter says he has "pretty much given up" on the Anthony Joshua fight after receiving a "ridiculously low offer" from Eddie Hearn.

According to David Higgins, promoter for WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs), he was shocked at the "low" offer that was presented to him from Eddie Hearn, who promotes IBF, IBO, WBA world champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs).

Higgins had recently stated that Parker was prepared to face Joshua on UK soil if the offer was at least 60-40 in the British star's favor.


But Higgins reveals that Hearn emailed over an offer that was so low that he initially felt the British promoter's email was hacked.

Higgins has claimed in the past that Hearn was presenting an 80-20 offer in his boxer's favor.

"I got this weird email from Eddie's email address, but he must have been hacked," Higgins exclusively told Sky Sports. "He made the most ridiculously low offer. It could have been the most insulting offer in boxing history. To expect 40 percent is actually quite reasonable, because you have earned it, and it's a unification.

"Of course I have mentioned it [to Joseph Parker] and he just laughed like I did. I'm not going to reply, because I don't think it was Eddie Hearn. I reckon someone hacked his account, it was a scam. I reckon Eddie respects boxing and I reckon Anthony Joshua wouldn't want to insult Joseph Parker. Joseph has worked his way from the ground up and earned the right. Joshua, I think, would understand and respect that, so it can't possibly be AJ or Eddie that made the offer. It must be an email hack."

Higgins is not planning to budge from his position of wanting at least 40 percent to forward with a Joshua fight on UK soil. He doesn't plan to move away from their position of requesting what they deemed as a "fair offer."

But Team Parker also has a Plan B.

They expect Joshua will fight WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder - and Higgins expects Wilder will win - and then Higgins will pursue a 50-50 deal with Parker taking on Wilder. 

"I'll give you a simple answer. They pay us 40 percent and not a cent less, or they will fight Wilder, who will obviously win and then we'll fight Wilder 50-50," said Higgins. "If they want to go fight Wilder, they can, and then we'll fight Wilder on a 50-50 basis later in the year, once he has all three belts.

"We will come to England and fight AJ, but 40 per cent is the bottom line and I can give my word now, not one per cent less. We have got several fights on the table and I tell you this, we have pretty much given up on Joshua. Assuming someone hacked his email, I apologise to Eddie, and he's welcome to give me a call. He's got my number if he wants to actually make a respectable offer."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ScottWeiland on 11-15-2017

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;18212957]I think Eddie Hearn has far more confidence in battling wallets with WoB than Duco Events, and I think that he's more confident in Joshua winning that fight anyway than Duco is in Parker.[/QUOTE] It has nothing to do with…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 11-15-2017

[QUOTE=ScottWeiland;18212544]Parker has until September 18 to defend versus Povetkin, as it stands the likelihood is that that will be a more lucrative fight in Russia than the Joshua fight, why would Team Parker not take that fight over an AJ…

Comment by ScottWeiland on 11-15-2017

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;18211780]Sooner than that; if the WBO follows it's own rules, you're basically talking about the voluntary defense window closing by July 2018. Lucas Browne in Australia, and then Povetkin as basically the fight after that.[/QUOTE] Parker has until September 18…

Comment by ScottWeiland on 11-15-2017

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;18211777]Maybe, but even then Wilder-Whyte likely sells out the O2 Arena. Even without a deal with Sky, you'd assume that a guy making so much noise over the Joshua talks would've at least been able to sell a few tickets…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 11-15-2017

[QUOTE=lolasif;18210764]Parker is running out of time. Povetkin will be coming for that belt by the end of 2018.[/QUOTE] Sooner than that; if the WBO follows it's own rules, you're basically talking about the voluntary defense window closing by July 2018.…

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