Hearn And Higgins Argue Over Fight Offer
Following a week where public overtures to Anthony Joshua were made for title unification, Duco Events director David Higgins claimed that Eddie Hearn made an insulting offer for a title unification fight.
Higgins who represents WBO champion, Joseph Parker stated in an interview that they would accept a 60-40 split in IBF, IBO and WBA strap-holder Joshua’s favour, but revealed the two parties are a long way from reaching an agreement.
Higgins is under the assumption that Matchroom may be demanding unrealistic terms, due to Parker being the only man who can hand Joshua his first pro defeat.
“We are not in a hurry, because for us there is a dignity about it. We want the fight, we will take it next, but we will not do it if we don’t feel we are being treated reasonably.”
“We think we win the fight as Parker has never been [knocked] down, he has a rock-solid chin and AJ has been down more than once. At best it’s a 50-50 fight, but we think we win.”
“That could be why they are dragging things out. Anyone who thinks Joshua walks through Parker is dreaming.”
Higgins believes it is only matter of time before the fight happens, but an agreement will only be reached if the Joshua camp show some respect.
“A mandatory pays about 30 percent generally, we know that Charles Martin was paid more than $5 million and we think [Kubrat] Pulev was around that. I won’t disclose what we’ve been offered, but it’s a lot less, so we think it’s not a fair offer.”
“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.
“I think they are trying it on, because they probably think we are from New Zealand, we are not as experienced, not used to the big time, that type of assumption. They will find out that is not correct.”
Following the offer by Hearn, Parker took to social media to rant about the offer. Eddie Hearn in an interview with Sky Sports, claims he never received a reply to his initial offer, and that Higgins is conflating the story.
“They haven’t even replied to my offer, other than via tweets. We are not interested in the he said, she said. If they want to make the fight, then they should come off social media and pick up the phone.”
“I’m encouraging them to open dialogue to see if we can find middle ground. We have spoken [on Wednesday] and made our positions clear. There isn’t middle ground at the moment but that can change. This is a fight we want.”
Higgins claims that he did in fact give his client the actual offer and that he thought someone had hacked Hearn’s email account.
“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.”