Hearn: Parker Demands Are Realistic, Wilder’s Are Not
IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is looking to unify the heavyweight division in 2018, and it seems his first crack is coming against WBO champion Joseph Parker.
The two fighters’ teams have been negotiating for a fight either in late March or early April, and may have an announcement made by the beginning of the year.
What has held up any momentum of a fight between Joshua and either Parker of WBC champion Deontay Wilder, has been the financial split requested by both men.
For Parker, it started near 40% and has come down to a 65-35% split in favor of Joshua, and will more than likely end up being a 70-30% split when a contract is signed.
“We have to get our hands on another championship belt. Joseph Parker is being very realistic in terms of when he’s going to fight and negotiations,” Joshua said, according to Stuff.
“That’s a fight that potentially could happen some time in March or April.”
And while both Joshua and Hearn have stated that Parker has come down to earth with his financial demands, WBC champion Deontay Wilder has been a bit too out there for the duo’s liking.
“Why do you say Parker first?” Joshua asks. “I don’t like to give false promises, but I agree … Parker is remotely realistic in negotiations.”
And Hearn said with respect to Parker being the next in line instead of Wilder – “Because he is the one who is remotely realistic … remotely realistic.”
Wilder has made it clear in recent interviews that he’s looking for an even 50-50 split with Joshua, or else the unification will not happen.
Hearn has stated that an even 50-50 split for Joshua-Wilder will never happen and he feels the WBC champ is way off the mark when it comes to his position on the financial split.
As Parker and Joshua get closer to a fight more than likely taking place in Cardiff Wales, Wilder is potentially going to defend his title against Cuban puncher Luis Ortiz. The target seems in the early months of 2018, after a November clash between the two was called off when Ortiz failed a pre-fight drug test. He’s since been cleared by the WBC.